PU polls: Protest called off as panel says evidence not ‘corroborative’

The varsity authorities said the “complaints were found to be too generalised” and remained “unsubstantiated” in spite of the additional time and opportunity afforded to the complainants by the GRC

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 11, 2013 2:54 am

Following a six-day-long stand-off between the Panjab University authorities and the 10 student organisations protesting against the alleged violation of rules during the recently concluded Students’ Council elections,the Grievances Redressal Cell (GRC) of the university on Tuesday dismissed all the complaints against the elected members of the council in the absence of “corroborative evidence” and upheld the elections.

The varsity authorities said the “complaints were found to be too generalised” and remained “unsubstantiated” in spite of the additional time and opportunity afforded to the complainants by the GRC.

“The six-member committee took a holistic and objective view of the facts on record and after effecting an objective analysis of the various complaints and explanations,the cell unanimously decided that no specific allegations had been levelled against the elected candidates,” the PU’s spokesperson said in a late-night release.

Stating that the “complainants could not provide any corroborative and clinching evidence like the required bills/orders,etc in support of their allegations”,the GRC observed that “everything was in order” and that “no polling agent had lodged any complaint with regard to the alleged violations/allegations”.

Clarifying its stance over the allegations of the protesters that a few of their party votes were found in the ballot box of NSUI,the university authorities stated that the ballot papers did not refer to any group such as NSUI/PUSU/SOPU/INSO.

Earlier,the GRC held the meeting and discussed the complaints lodged by some student groups. All the students groups were informed telephonically about the opportunity afforded by the GRC to provide the corroborative evidence in support of their allegations.

The GRC,consisting of Dean College Development Council Professor Naval Kishore,Dean Student Welfare Professor Navdeep Goyal,DSW (Women) Professor Nandita and two

senior student representatives,decided that no specific allegations had been levelled against the elected candidates.

While the decision was welcomed by the members of NSUI-HIMSU,it did not go down well with the rival organisations which were still not convinced that the evidence they submitted was not considered enough by the university.

Arshnoor Dhillion,party president,SOPU,said,“We had given all the evidence on time. It is difficult to understand why it has not been considered by the university. We will question DSW and Vice-Chancellor about this.”

V-C offers juice to protesters

In a late-night development,Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover came to meet the protesters outside his office and ended the protest by offering juice to them. According to sources,the student organisations called off their six-day-long hunger strike and vacated the area after raising a few anti-V-C slogans. The entry to the VC’s office has now been opened after the protesters unlocked the gate to the office.

Scuffle between NSUI,other parties

Meanwhile,election for the executive members of the Students’ Council was held on Tuesday,and five DRs were elected. While three of them belonged to PUSU,two were from SOPU.

SOPU chairman Robin Brar was arrested by the police earlier in the day as a precautionary measure.

Scuffle also broke out between the members of NSUI and the rival groups while the election of the executive members was underway. Heated exchanges also took place between the members,which kept the Chandigarh Police and the PU security on toes.

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