A former student of Jamia Milia Islamia Monday withdrew from the Delhi High Court a petition seeking quashing of a 2006 decision of the central university to ban elections to the students union.
Ikrar Khan withdrew the petition as the court declined to hear it. He was one of the petitioners who had moved court over the issue.
“The petition is dismissed as withdrawn,” the court said, observing that the petition was preferred by individuals who were not on the regular rolls of the university.
The division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajeev Shakdher observed that Khan and other individual petitioners did not genuinely raise issues pertaining to electoral politics on the campus and were non-interested parties.
The court noted that another petitioner Afroz Alam Sahil had not been attending classes in the university.
The university’s counsel informed the court about the circumstances that prevented it from holding direct elections to the students’ union.
He said, in the absence of a union, a mechanism was put in place for students to air grievances.
Khan moved the court Dec 20, 2011 alleging that it was unreasonable on the part of the university to ban the elections since March 2006.
The petition submitted that the authorities continued to collect a union fee of Rs.50 per student despite there being no elections in the last few years.
“It is in violation of the constitution, the poll had not been held since March 31, 2006 despite several representations and requests by students,” the petition said.
“Jamia has 13,810 students and the university has been charging Rs.50 per student as union fee,” said the petition.
The university March 2006 dissolved the students’ union without giving any reason, the petition said.
“Then union president Sams Parvez was beaten up mercilessly when he was peacefully asking (what were) the reasons to dissolve the duly elected students’ union,” alleged the petitioner.