Al­low stu­dent, his wife stay in hos­tel: HC tells JNU

The Asian Age - - City -

New Delhi, July 3: The Delhi high court on Fri­day came to the aid of a cou­ple, one of them a stu­dent of JNU, whose mar­riage was op­posed by khap pan­chayat and had no where else to stay ex­cept the var­sity hos­tel, by ask­ing the univer­sity to make a con­ces­sion in the in­stant case.

“It is a hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue. It is a ques­tion of tem­po­rary shel­ter,” Jus­tice Na­jmi Waziri said to the JNU which re­lented and agreed to let the cou­ple stay at the hos­tel room al­lot­ted to the stu­dent — Deepak Ku­mar.

Cen­tral gov­ern­ment stand­ing coun­sel Monika Arora said in court that in the pe­cu­liar cir­cum­stances of the case, where the khap pan­chayat was op­posed to the cou­ple’s mar­riage, the pre­vail­ing pan­demic and they hav­ing no place else to stay, they can stay in the hos­tel room.

In view of the state­ment by the lawyer for JNU, the pe­ti­tioner''s coun­sel — Ab­hik Chimni — agreed not to press the pe­ti­tion, which had also chal­lenged the var­sity''s June 8 cir­cu­lar which said the univer­sity would re­main closed for the time be­ing and di­rected stu­dents to re­turn to their homes.

The high court while dis­pos­ing of the pe­ti­tion, filed through ad­vo­cates De­val Singh and Om Narayan, made it clear that the or­der was not to be treated as a prece­dent and the con­ces­sion was made in re­spect of the pe­cu­liar cir­cum­stances in the in­stant case.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion, Ku­mar is pur­su­ing Ph.D (Law) from the Cen­tre for the Study of Law and Gov­er­nance (CSLG), JNU and has been re­sid­ing at Suban­sir (Ma­hanadi) Hos­tel, meant for mar­ried stu­dents, with his wife since 2015.


Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal meets the fam­ily of late Dr Aseem Gupta at their res­i­dence in New Delhi on Fri­day. Mr Gupta, 52, served in the front­line of the war against the pan­demic at the gov­ern­ment fa­cil­ity and died of the in­fec­tion last week.

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