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FTII row: Apex court refuses to entertain plea seeking judicial intervention

On Sunday, the Pune Police issued notice to a contract faculty member Abhijit Das, who began a fast on the institute premises, seeking "immediate resolution" of the current impasse.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2015 3:48:22 pm
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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking judicial intervention into the ongoing logjam at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

With the protests entering its 88th day on Monday, students, with the backing of faculty members have refused to call-off their protest demanding that the decision to appoint Gajendra Chauhan as chairman be revoked.

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On Sunday, the Pune Police issued notice to a contract faculty member Abhijit Das, who began a fast on the institute premises, seeking “immediate resolution” of the current impasse.

Das, a faculty member from Assam began his hunger strike under a tree in a make-shift pandal and issued a statement, saying, “I have decided to go on a fast from September 5 to seek an immediate resolution of the present crisis being faced by the students of FTII.”

 

The striking FTII students claim Chauhan lacks “credentials and vision” to head the prestigious institution which is expected to give a direction to the Indian cinema.

The long drawn out protest by students showed no signs of resolution even after the submission of the much awaited report of the S M Khan Committee to the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting early this week after its talks with agitating students and faculty.

According to FTII Students’ Association (FSA), it has not received any response from the ministry to the latest letter sent by it, requesting a for fresh round of talks to resolve the issue of reconstitution of the FTII body through a transparent appointment process.

With agency inputs

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