Peeved over the wilful disobedience of court directions,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday issued bailable warrants of nearly a dozen student leaders of Panjab University.
The student leaders were impleaded as respondents in a contempt petition by the High Court,on May 6,and were asked to remain present in the High Court on Friday to respond to the petition concerning defacement of public property in the varsity. Despite accepting notices from the Court,as many as 10 leaders of the total 14 student unions refused to appear in the court on Friday.
One of the leaders,the secretary of a student union,even refused to accept the notice from the High Court. Jaideep Kumar,Secretary,Hindustan Students Association (HSA),Department of Public Health refused to take the copy of the judgment of the High Court and also did not sign. This was told to the High Court on Friday by Professor A k Bhandari,Registrar,Panjab University. The Registrar filed an affidavit stating that the University authorities had informed the student leaders and the unions of the May 6 order of the High Court.
Taking strong note,Justice Rajesh Bindal on Friday issued bailable warrants of the student leaders,ensuring their presence. The Chandigarh Administration and Police have been directed to ensure the presence of the leaders by next week.
Those against whom bailable warrants have been issued are: Satinder Singh Satti,President,Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCS),Yadwinder Dhaliwal,President,PUSU,Vishal Sharma,President,HSA,Somvir Singh,President,INSO,Jeewanjot Jugnu,National Student Union of India (NSUI),Vaibhav Gupta,Chairman,Himachal Pradesh Student Union (HPSU),Aman Kant Panta,HPSU,Dinesh Chauhan,Chairman,ABVP,Rajesh Mehra Shastri,Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and Bhupinder Singh Randhawa,Student Federation of India (SFI).
Prabhpreet Singh of SFI has been directed to appear in person.
On the other hand,the Chandigarh Administration,as demanded by the High Court,filed an affidavit giving details of the steps taken by it to curb defacement of public property.
The court has been informed that nine persons,who were booked by the Chandigarh Police,have been convicted by the court under the West Bengal Property Defacement (WBPD) Act. A total of 32 cases were registered last year by the Police under the said Act. The maximum number of cases – 21 – were registered at Police Station,Sector 17.
The development took place on May 1 after the Court took suo motu cognisance of the violation of court orders and the undertakings given by the Administration and university to the court. On June 4,2012,the High Court had taken suo motu notice of a news item that appeared in a local daily,about defacement of property and garbage littered in the City Beautiful.
Cognisance of broken condition of sign boards and disposing garbage on streets was also taken. After a year-long hearing,the court had disposed of the petition on April 1 with the hope that authorities will honour their undertakings but to no avail.