HC seeks DUSU lead­ers’ re­ply on de­face­ment plea

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY -

Days af­ter the Delhi Univer­sity Stu­dents Union (DUSU) elec­tions, the Delhi High Court (HC) on Fri­day sought re­sponse from four win­ning can­di­dates on a pe­ti­tion that has ac­cused them of de­fac­ing pub­lic prop­er­ties dur­ing the poll cam­paign. The HC also is­sued no­tice to the Delhi gov­ern­ment and the Delhi Univer­sity on the plea, seek­ing to re­fur­bish the prop­er­ties de­faced dur­ing the polls and for tak­ing ac­tion against the can­di­dates.

A Bench of Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar also sought to know the stand of the author­i­ties on the plea for com­plete ban on de­face­ment of pub­lic prop­er­ties by use of spray paints, posters, ban­ners, and hoard­ings dur­ing the elec­tions.

While Rocky Tusheed and Ku­nal Sehrawat of the NSUI were elected Pres­i­dent and the Vi­cePres­i­dent of DUSU, re­spec­tively, ABVP’s Ma­hamedha Na­gar and Uma Shankar were elected to the posts of Sec­re­tary and Joint-Sec­re­tary.

The Bench stated it is al­ready seized of a sim­i­lar pe­ti­tion and listed the fresh PIL filed by ad­vo­cate Sahil Sharma with the ear­lier one for hear­ing on Septem­ber 20.

The court ob­served that if vi­o­la­tors were pun­ished once, they will not do it again. Be­sides the Delhi gov­ern­ment and the var­sity, the court also sought the re­sponses of DU’s Chief Elec­tion Of­fi­cer, South and North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tions, Lieu­tenant-Gov­er­nor, Delhi Po­lice, and Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion on the plea.

The pe­ti­tion sought di­rec­tions to the author­i­ties to take strict ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors, who should be made to “clean the streets and walls” to make them learn a les­son about dam­ag­ing and de­fac­ing pub­lic prop­erty for po­lit­i­cal mo­tives.

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