The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Panjab University and the DAV College after a student moved the court seeking quashing of the results of the recently held student elections in the Sector 10 college alleging “corrupt practices” in the poll process. The plea also sought an inquiry into the election.
In his petition, the undergraduate student of DAV college also alleged that a candidate for the post of president had used fake ballot papers for “bogus” voting and there was a “blatant violation” of the model code of conduct.
“During the said Students Central Association election of respondent-college, the recommendations of the (Lyngdoh) committee were violated blatantly and deliberately in connivance with authorities and even the newly elected president (Vikas) indulged in corrupt practices and despite that the respondent-college authority has not initiated any action against him or his supporters, agents or party workers,” Rahul, a final year student of the college, said in his petition.
The petitioner was also one of the contestants for the post of the campus president in the polls. He has also alleged that many outsiders were “caught red handed with fake identity cards” while participating in the election on voting day.
“It is very unfortunate and an issue of grave concern that how the format of original ballot paper including its colour was leaked to the newly elected president,” he said in the petition, adding the grievance redressal cell has not taken any action on the alleged wrongdoings.
While seeking fresh elections of the students council in the college, the petitioner has also sought action against the candidate declared successful by the college authorities and the staff or election committee members who were allegedly involved in facilitating the “corrupt practices” in the poll process.