A day after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) announced its four candidates for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, its vice-presidential candidate was served a notice by the Chief Election Officer of DUSU for his alleged involvement in an assault case.
Late Friday night, an FIR against Parvesh Malik came to light in which he was accused of assault at a college event last year. On the basis of this document, CEO D S Rawat issued a notice to Malik asking him to respond to the allegations by Saturday afternoon.
Pointing to a clause in the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations, the notice said that “the candidate shall not have a criminal record, that is to say, he should not have been tried and/or convicted of any criminal offence or misdemeanor. The candidate shall also not have been subject to any disciplinary action by the university authorities”.
When contacted, Rawat said, “We did issue a notice to him and we have received his reply. The matter has now gone to the university’s legal cell. On the basis of their recommendations, we will decide whether action should be taken against the candidate.”
Meanwhile, Malik alleged that the controversy erupted because of rival students’ groups on campus.
“During elections, such controversies emerge every year. For student activists, it is not surprising to have an FIR under their name. We take part in protests and demonstrations all the time. It is natural to have FIRs against you. Moreover, this is not a violation of any rule. Having an FIR does not mean that the person has a criminal record. These days, anyone can file an FIR against you,” Malik said.