It was five days ago when students in Jamia Millia Islamia had taken out a peace march, demanding the university to hold students’ union elections suspended since 2006 on the campus. A students’ delegation had met Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad and had given him October 10 deadline for issuing university’s official version.
Since morning on students, who are involved in the movement for restoration of democracy on the campus, were curious to know the university version. A student said at 4:00 pm some representatives had gone to meet the V-C. However, they could not meet him, he said on the condition of anonymity, adding that later on we were informed about the university’s plan. Following which students have called an emergency meeting to lay out strategies for their future plan.
To strengthen their voice on the campus several student groups, including the Congress-backed Nationals Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Left-leaning All India Students’ Association (AISA), Aam Aadmi Party’s CYSS, and DISS, had organised themselves into a Joint Action Committee.
Meanwhile, university’s version too has been issued. A letter carrying signature of the Registrar, Jamia, issued the following statements. It said: “A delegation of students met the Vice Chancellor and other university officials on October 5, 2007 and presented a memorandum for holding election of students’ union. The V-C considered their representation and agreed in principle to their demand for restoration of student union in Jamia. However, the V-C apprised the students of the legal and technical problems involved in this matter.
“1) One of the students had filed the writ petition in 2012 in the High Court for holding students union election.
“2) The entire record and documents pertaining to this case are not available in the official records.
“3) The writ petition is listed in the category of regular matter for final hearing.
“As such the matter being sub-judice in the Court, the university has applied for procurement of the records of this case on October 9, 2017.
“Legally speaking, there are only three options available in this matter.
“a) The petitioner may withdraw the case from the Court or
“b) The regular students presently on the roll of the university may approach the HC for seeking urgent relief as interested party in the matter which is sub-judice, or
“c) The case being regular matter is decided on merits as per its own terms.
“As soon as the official records are available from the HC the legal issues involved will be examined and necessary steps will be taken to resolve the issue as per the options available.
“It is therefore clarified that any action on the part of the students or the respondent university without the specific directive of the Court in this issue will among to contempt of court.”