Police register cases against Sathyabama varsity Chancellor
Chennai, Mar 25 (UNI) Police today registered criminal cases against Sathyabama Deemed University Chancellor Jeppiar and other management staff on charges of hiring goons to attack the students who had been agitating over the AICTE issue Based on complaints lodged by some students, Thoraipakkam Police registered cases against Mr Jeppiar and the management staff under various sections of IPC, including section 307 (Attempt to Murder) and abduction.
Mr Jeppiar was the second Chancellor in the city to face criminal action after police had registered criminal cases against MGR Deemed University Chancellor A C Shanmugam on charges of threatening a student with dire consequences for turning against the management.
After the AICTE issued a notification early this month, directing the deemed universities to obtain its approval for the courses offered by them, students of the Sathyabama and SRM deemed universities staged agitations and went on a rampage, protesting against the managements' failure to secure the recognition.
After a lull, the students of Sathyabama university resumed the agitation early this week and turned violent, setting fire to the security shed.
Police also registered cases against some students who were responsible for damaging equipment and other properties of the university, police said.
A batch of writ petitions filed by five deemed universities, students and Students Federation of India, in connection with the case were pending before the Madras High court. The court, which had advised the students and the managements to observe restraint, is scheduled to take up the cases for further hearing on April 3.
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