Calcutta High Court units apart rustication of three VBU college students, advises V-C to be extra inclusive

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The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday put aside Visva-Bharati University’s orders rusticating three college students over allegations of gross indiscipline and misconduct, and suggested Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and the college administration to be extra inclusive and keep away from “unecessary confrontation”.

The newest order got here per week after the courtroom, in an interim verdict, stayed the expulsion of the scholars and allowed them to rejoin lessons. On Tuesday, the three college students moved the courtroom in opposition to Bidyut Chakraborty, accusing him of contempt of courtroom. They alleged that they’d not been offered hyperlinks for on-line lessons in violation of the courtroom’s order.

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Hearing a writ petition, a single-judge bench of Justice Rajasekhar Mantha stated in an order on Wednesday, “The orders of rustication have now become infructuous. Hence, in the interest of and for the ends of justice, as a special case, without creating any precedent, the orders of rustication are set aside. This order is passed in the very peculiar facts and circumstances of the case on the undertaking of the three students that there shall be peace and order in the University henceforth.”

Advising Chakraborty to be extra tolerant, the courtroom stated, “This court is also compelled to observe that the vice-chancellor and the management should take a more convivial accessible and inclusive approach in dealing with the affairs of the university particularly the professors, teachers, staff as well as the students. Unnecessary confrontation should be avoided. It is expected that the vice-chancellor would follow the above with letter and spirit.”

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Justice Mantha additionally urged the college administration to undertake a “pragmatic view” in reviewing the suspension of a lot of academics and workers.

“At least 60-70 teachers, staff and professors have been suspended by the university. The said orders of suspension shall be reviewed in terms of the statute of the university, within a period of 15 days from the date. It is expected that the university would take a very pragmatic view in the matter,” the courtroom stated, including, “Professors, teachers and staff who have been terminated from service or those whose salary and emoluments have been stopped, refused or altered, shall be entitled to take appropriate legal measures in this regard. The university shall not be prevented from taking any suo motu decision to revise, modify or recall any of the aforesaid orders.”

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Claiming that the three college students couldn’t have brought on a “mayhem” on the campus, the High Court choose alleged that political events and outsiders had been misusing instructional establishments and the scholars may have been used as a entrance to carry the establishment to a standstill.

“This court finds that three students could not have caused the mayhem at the University but for the support of influential outsiders. It is sad to note that the noble cause of education has been slaughtered at the alter of politics and a political slugfest. Educational institutions are being misused as breeding grounds by political parties. Consequently, classes and educational activities are disrupted,” stated Justice Mantha.

He added, “The three student respondents appear to have been used as a front by some vested interests to bring the University to a standstill. The entire lot of students of the university have suffered as a consequence. Outsiders and political parties have absolutely no role to play in internal matters of an educational institution. Every grievance of any nature of any section has to be taken to the right forum under the relevant rules or the applicable law of the land.”

Meanwhile, the High Court ordered the withdrawal of the safety offered to Chakraborty through the protests. “The posting of armed guards from the Santiniketan Police Station to secure the vice-chancellor are not deemed necessary any further. They shall be withdrawn with effect from 8 pm tomorrow, 16th September 2021,” it stated.

The High Court had offered the safety element to the vice-chancellor in an interim order on September three as protesters had began protesting exterior his residence. The protests started on August 27, 4 days after the scholars — Rupa Chakraborty, Falguni Pan, and Somnath Sow — had been expelled for allegedly “disrupting the academic atmosphere in the university…and being involved in disorderly conduct in the name of protest” earlier this yr.


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