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HC order to defer Jhargram college poll

Calcutta, Oct. 11: Calcutta High Court today directed the vice-chancellor of Vidyasagar University to reschedule the students’ union election of Jhargram Raj College after consulting the principal.

The order came after the SFI union of the college filed an appeal in the court saying it apprehended that the Trinamul union would not allow free and fair polls. The poll was previously scheduled on October 17.

The division bench of acting Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Ashim Kumar Mondal directed the subdivisional officer of Jhargram to conduct the election with the assistance of the West Midnapore police chief.

“The process the election should be impartial, democratic and peaceful,” the order said.

The court also set aside a portion of an order passed by Justice Tapen Sen of the same court on March 7 that had directed the chief electoral officer (CEO) to conduct student union elections in colleges.

“The CEO has no power to conduct the students’ body elections,” the division bench said.

In the petition filed in the high court, the SFI unit of the college said: “Even the principal of the college is apprehending that Trinamul students will create disturbances on the day of election.”

Student union elections came under the high court’s scanner in February after SFI students of Garia Dinabandhu Andrews College and nine other colleges moved an appeal alleging that TMCP members were not allowing them to collect nomination papers for contesting the polls.

The government had told the court that a committee would be set up to supervise such polls. Justice Sen had then asked the CEO to conduct the polls till the panel was appointed. CEO Meera Pandey had moved an appeal, saying: “It will be impossible for me to conduct the students’ body elections.”