Contempt suit against Visva-Bharati university in Calcutta HC
One of the three students rusticated by Visva-Bharati filed a contempt petition in Calcutta High Court on Tuesday, accusing the university of not allowing them to resume academic activities even after the court had revoked the decision.
Sources said the petition was scheduled to come up for hearing on Wednesday.
“Despite repeated emails to the proctor and other senior varsity officials requesting them to allow us to resume our academic activities, the varsity continues to violate the court order. Left with no other option, we have been forced to file contempt petition against the varsity,” said Somnath Sow, one of the rusticated students who filed the petition.
A group of varsity students had started a gherao and demonstration in front of the official residence of vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty from August 27 night as part of their protest against the rustication. Rupa Chakrabarty and Falguni Pan were the other two rusticated students.
Sow and Pan are students of economics. Rupa studies Hindustani classical music.
In an interim ruling issued on September 8, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha ordered dismantling of all platforms of agitation on the campus and asked students and others not to organise any protest on and around the campus. While keeping in abeyance the varsity’s decision to rusticate the three students, the court held that it found the punishment “excessive and disproportionate”.
The Visva-Bharati’s officiating public relations officer Anirban Sircar did not take calls or reply to a text message from this correspondent seeking his opinion on the issue.
However, a varsity official said they would also tell the court on how the car of the officiating registrar was stopped by the protesting students after the high court ruling.