New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to hold its students` union
elections, which had been stayed by the apex court in 2008 for
non-compliance of some of its guidelines.
While allowing the polls, a bench headed by Justice A K
Ganguly also relaxed some of the eligibility criteria
recommended by the Lyngdoh committee for students to contest
The bench increased the age limit to contest the
students` union polls from 28 to 30 years and also waved the
mandatory 75 per cent attendance pre-requisite for them to
contest the polls.
The apex court, however, said Lyngdoh committee`s
recommendations for not using more than 5,000 pamphlets will
continue for the JNU students` union elections.
The apex court had in October 2008 stayed the elections
and had issued contempt notices to JNU Vice Chancellor and
Registrar for their failure to comply with the Lyngdoh
Committee`s recommendations which was accepted by the Supreme
The Supreme Court had appointed the panel, headed by
former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh, to suggest
ways and means to reform students union election across the
country and rid them of the influence of money and muscle
The panel in September 2006 had given its various
guidelines and suggestions for smooth and orderly conduct of
students union election across the country.