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HC says no to protests, dharnas on Shivaji college premises

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) The Delhi High Court restrained Shivaji college teachers and employees from holding dharnas and protests on the premises of the Delhi University college, holding legal the students' right to education.

Justice Anil Kumar allowed the writ petition by Shishupal, father of a student of the college, complaining against the teachers and employees of Shivaji College for holding the college premises to ransom.

The petitioner argued before the court that the teachers had joined hands with non-teaching employees, resorting to strikes, dharnas, demonstrations and shouting slogans in abusive and derogatory language.

It had brought the educational activities of the college to almost a standstill, the petitioner argued adding further, ''on account of the teachers not taking classes, half-yearly examinations were postponed''.

''Cumulatively, it can't be construed to be in the interest of and for the welfare of the students for which the teachers and the employees are appointed,'' Justice Kumar said.

''The teachers, and the non-teaching employees have no right to disrupt the education of the students in any manner by protesting, staging dharnas, slogan shouting, non-cooperation movements in the college premises,'' the judge said in his order.

Anil Kumar issued showcause notices to the respondents to file their replies within 4 weeks and posted the case for hearing on November 23.

Besides, he ordered the college teacher president, the chairman of the college governing body and the Registrar of the University of Delhi to take necessary steps within three days.


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