Jamia Millia Islamia has in principle agreed to restore the students’ union, but said that they will have to wait for a directive from the High Court as the matter is sub judice. The university released an official statement following demands from students, who had submitted a memorandum on the issue on October 5.
“The vice-chancellor considered their representation and agreed in principle to their demand for restoration of the students’ union in JMI. However, the V-C also apprised the students of the legal and technical problems involved in this matter,” said the statement issued by the university.
A student had filed a writ petition at the Delhi High Court in 2012 for holding the elections to the students’ union. The petition is listed in the category of regular matter and is awaiting a final hearing. Jamia had disbanded the the students’ body in 2006. “The entire record and documents pertaining to this case are not available in the official records. As such the matter being sub judice in the Hon’ble Court, the university has applied for procurement of records of this case on October 9,” added the statement.
The administration has also assured that once the records are available, they will examine and take necessary steps to resolve the issue. The university has also suggested three options so that the students’ union can be restored.
The petitioner may withdraw the case from the High Court, or the regular students presently on the rolls of the university may approach the court for seeking urgent relief, or the case being regular matter be left to be decided on merits as per its own terms.