HC seeks DUSU leaders’ reply on defacement plea
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.