The accused allegedly used the debit cards to make transactions of around Rs 50,000 and stole roughly Rs 3,000 in cash from various rooms, students claimed. The incident took place on September 12, the day of the DU Students’ Union elections.
“This is a record margin. The last time there was such a massive margin of votes was when our joint secretarial candidate Ashutosh Mathur won by a margin of around 13,000 votes in 2014,” said ABVP national media convenor Monika Chaudhary.
As DU goes to polls today, an observer and a technical staff will be deployed at every college to look into any hiccup. Chief Election Officer Ashok Prasad told The Indian Express that this is being done for the first time.
The Pune Police has so far booked 23 people in connection with the case and arrested nine prominent activists and lawyers. Police have alleged that the arrested suspects have links to Maoist organisations.
On all four positions, the Left Panel alliance — comprising Students' Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students' Federation (DSF), the All India Students' Association (AISA) and the All India Students’ Federation (AISF) — seemed to be way ahead of the runner up.
The JNU administration, in its statement last week, cited the case of Princeton University and MIT to argue that universities did “review academic contributions” of Emeritus Professors and even had the right to “rescind” such appointments.
The election process was thrown into disarray following the Delhi High Court order asking for a stay on the declaration of the poll results — the counting of votes, which was to begin at 9 pm Friday, finally began at 3 pm Saturday, EC officials said.
The Left United Panel is up against the ABVP, the only two organisations to have fielded candidates on all four seats. BAPSA, NSUI and Chhatra Rashtriya Janata Dal are in the running on a few posts each.
The event saw several disruptions because of technical and other reasons, due to which the debate was paused for some time. Members of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) clashed, leaving some people injured.
The move comes after JNU’s Executive Council (EC) in August last year revised the rules and regulations of the university to say that a committee appointed by the council would review the continuation of emeritus professors after they turn 75.
The Left-wing Students’ Federation of India (SFI) had organised the screening of Anand Patwardhan’s documentary film ‘Ram Ke Naam’ in solidarity with students of HCU, who were detained for screening the documentary on campus last week.
“My mother died when I was in class VIII. I started sowing others’ paddy fields, for which I would get around Rs 30-40 per day. As part of MGNREGA, I also dug roads and ponds, for which I would get Rs 100-150 per day,” said Suna, who has six siblings.
The organisation, the first to release its manifesto for polls to be held on September 12, has focussed its campaign around multiple “inequalities” on campus. While the slogan is called ‘One University, Equal Opportunity’, the campaign goes by ‘Awaaz Uthao, Seeti Bajao’.
DU Proctor Neeta Sehgal said she was not aware of the development, adding that she had got assurance from ABVP office-bearers that the bust would be removed. Sources said a showcause notice has also been issued to Singh regarding the same.
Criticising the move, AC member Rasal Singh from the National Democratic Teachers’ Front said despite the syllabi being cleared on August 12 and sent to departments concerned on August 14, the English department was yet to upload it.