Court orders Shimla cops to search HPU hostels

In an attempt to clamp down on the growing violence at the Himachal Pradesh University,the state High Court on Wednesday directed the Vice-Chancellor to take action against University teachers indulging in political activities,including suspending them.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: June 21, 2012 3:03:27 am

In an attempt to clamp down on the growing violence at the Himachal Pradesh University,the state High Court on Wednesday directed the Vice-Chancellor to take action against University teachers indulging in political activities,including suspending them.

The court also passed orders directing the Inspector General of Police (Shimla) to search the boys hostels on campus,in the presence of the respective wardens. Police have been directed remove weapons and other objectionable material and have been ordered to prepare an inventory of the articles that are found.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by one Lallan Rai after clashes between the Students Federation of India and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

While setting a stricter procedure for the hostel searches,the court said: “ No other students shall be permitted at the time of search other than the allottee of the respective rooms. The University shall not make any fresh admission to the boys hostel without getting orders form the Court”.

The bench also took strong exception to teachers indulging in political activities. It quoted Ordinance 35.20 of the H P University Act,1973,which bans employees from taking part in any political activity. “It is made clear that no teacher shall be permitted to take part in any political activity”,the bench said and asked the Vice-Chancellor to strictly enforce the provision. The Court also made it clear that any violation should be treated as indiscipline and stern action,including suspension,should be taken against the erring teachers.

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