The Dean Student Welfare (DSW) of Panjab University (PU),Prof A S Ahluwalia,said that the committee that fined two students of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) Rs 41,300 each for damaging PU property in the car racing incident of April 16,should give a hearing to one of the two students as per his request.
However,the members of the committee that disbanded after submitting its report to the Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover,said that the same committee cannot listen to the boy as the committee does not exist anymore.
According to the official information Gurvir Mahal has paid her fine while Amiteshwar is yet to deposit it. A few days ago,he had written to the varsity that one chance should be provided to him to explain his side,before depositing the fine.
Acting on his request,DSW has asked the same committee to listen to the boy.
Once a committee submits its report,then as per laws,that committee ceases to exist. If the same committee hears the boy,then it means we are superseding the Vice-Chancellor, said one of the members,requesting anonymity.
Another member of the committee,Prof Yog Raj Angrish,said that the student has to pay the fine as it was a unanimous decision of the committee after the incident.
Prof Ahluwalia however said,A case can be referred to the same committee after it submits its report. The committee had fined the students before giving them a hearing,thus as per laws,hearing should be given to the student. On the spur of the moment the members had decided that tenfold fine would be imposed.
Amiteshwar of the third year,who was driving an Innova car,and Gurvir Mahal of second year,who was driving a Honda Civic,were trying to outrace each other on April 16 on the road leading from the varsity gate number one to the administration block. However,Gurvir lost control of her car and after hitting an electricity pole and flower pots,her car entered the herbal garden opposite to the administration block,and landed in the dry pond. A motorist was also injured in the incident.