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Court sees lawlessness on varsity campus

Saturday 16 December 2006

U.P. Government orders probe against Vice-Chancellor

Lucknow: Under attack for indefinitely closing the Lucknow University citing lawlessness, Vice-Chancellor R P Singh on Friday received a shot in the arm with the Allahabad High Court virtually vindicating his decision, even as the government, in an attempt to turn the heat on Mr. Singh, decided to initiate an inquiry into alleged irregularities by him.

Almost all members of the Assembly had slammed Mr. Singh for his decision to indefinitely close the varsity and order the students to vacate the hostels and had authorised Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to take necessary steps to restore academic activities.

While Mr. Yadav went to the extent of branding the Vice-Chancellor a ``dictator’’, the latter cracked the whip by suspending as many as 135 students with ``criminal background’’, most of them allegedly supporters of ruling Samajwadi Party.

The administration, which was charged by the Vice-Chancellor with not cooperating with the university authorities in getting the hostels vacated, had even withdrawn the added security on the campus after the closure of the university.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking direction to make available the forces for getting the hostels vacated, virtually vindicated the Vice-Chancelllor’s decision.

It appears from the media reports that an atmosphere of lawlessness has been prevailing in the campus for the past one week, a division bench of the court comprising Justice Pradeep Kant and Justice Ajai Kumar Singh observed.

``We can not ignore the newspaper and electronic media reports and live coverage of the violence in the campus,’’ the bench said when the government counsel submitted that there was no violence.

See online : The Hindu

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