Contempt petition against DU for not holding DUCSU poll

Contempt petition against DU for not holding DUCSU poll

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Dhaka. Sept 12 – A contempt of court petition was filed with the High Court Division
of the Supreme Court Wednesday against the Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor, Proctor and Treasurer for not complying with its directive in connection with holding the Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) election. Lawyer Manzil Murshid submitted the petition on behalf of Sumitra Das, a former student of Dhaka University, praying to the High Court to issue a rule asking the VC, proctor and treasurer of Dhaka University to explain as to why they should not be punished for violating its directive.
The lawyer told newsmen that the High Court may hold the hearing on the contempt of court petition on next Sunday.
On September 4 this year, Advocate Manzill sent a legal notice to the VC, proctor and treasurer of Dhaka University for taking steps to hold DUCSU election within seven days.
The VC recently replied to the legal notice denying the allegation of committing contempt of court, Manzill Murshid told this newsmen yesterday.
On January 17 this year, the High Court directed the respondents to hold DUCSU election in six months, following a writ petition filed by 25 former DU students.
The court also ordered the Home Ministry to provide necessary assistance to DU authorities to maintain law and order during the polls.
The High Court order was officially sent to the respondents in February this year, the lawyer said, adding, that the stipulated time for holding elections ended in August.
But, the authorities have not taken any step for holding the polls, which has created grounds for a contempt of court case against them, Advocate Manzill said.
The last election was held on June 6, 1990.
Students have been demanding the polls for a long time. Due to the absence of DUCSU, which played a vital role in all democratic movements of the country, students are being deprived of their rights, they said. – Special Correspondent

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