The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, September 11, sought response of Delhi University on a plea by three students of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), claiming that they were illegally restrained from filing their nominations for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, according to media reports.
The DUSU goes to the polls today, September 12.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also issued notices to Delhi University’s Chief Election Officer (CEO) and Station House Officer of Maurice Nagar police station on the petition and listed it for hearing on October 17.
The High Court also said the elections will be subject to the outcome of the petition.
Three DU students namely Ravi Kumar Chauhan, Noel Benny and Parmanand Sharma filed a petition alleging that on September 4, on their way to submit their nomination papers to the office of the CEO, they were allegedly “prevented by suspected members of ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad)” from doing so.
September 4 was the last date to file the nominations.
One of the three students was overpowered by the miscreants and his papers were snatched, the plea said, adding that when they again tried to submit the nomination papers, they were illegally obstructed.
The plea claimed that despite deployment of heavy police force, the officials did not do anything to save them and stood as mere spectators.
The petitioners sought direction to declare them being prevented from submitting their nomination papers illegal. They also sought that non-acceptance of their nominations by the office of CEO be declared as unfair and illegal.
They demanded disciplinary action against the persons who prevented them from submitting their nomination papers.
There are over 1.30 lakh voters who will cast their votes at 52 polling centres. The results will be declared on September 13.