Jamia Students Poll: HC Judge Recuses From Hearing

New Delhi
Jamia Students Poll: HC Judge Recuses From Hearing
Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri of the Delhi High Court today recused himself from hearing a PIL seeking directions to Jamia Milia Islamia University (JMIU) authorities to hold students' union polls on the campus, which have not been held for the last five years.

Justice Sikri, who was heading the bench along with Justice Rajeev Sahai Endlaw, said he could not hear the cases of JMIU as he was in the panel of lawyers appearing for the university before becoming a judge.

"I had been on the panel of lawyers for the university. I recuse myself. Let the matter be listed before another division bench on January 9," Justice Sikri said.

Three students of the university had yesterday filed a PIL seeking a direction to the university to conduct students' union election.

The petition alleged JMIU was not conducting the students' union election since 2006 despite several representation made in this regard before the administration.

"Jamia was not conducting and allowing the students' union election since 2006 on wards till date despite several representations and request made by students to various authorities including the vice chancellor," the petition, filed by Ikrar Khan, Afroz Alam Sahil and Naseem Ahmed, said.

The request for conducting the election was made time and again but no action has been taken, the PIL, filed through lawyer Sitab Ali Chaudhary, said.

It also claimed the HRD Ministry and the UGC have also asked the university to hold polls.

Jamia has been charging Rs 50 annually from each student as union fee since 2006 but the authorities have "no intention to hold the election," the petition said.

The plea also said that the university authorities had dissolved the elected union in 2006 without giving any reason.

"The administration of Jamia is less concerned about the election for student union as the administration can take any decision without any opposition in the absence of a student union," the petition said.
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