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Indore: Appeal in HC against suspension of DAVV senate polls


Indore: A writ appeal has been filed with Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court over suspension of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s senate polls, days after the court dismissed a petition over the same issue. The appeal has been filed by Pankaj Prajapati, who had filed nomination for contesting senate elections, scheduled at DAVV after a gap of three decades.

The polls, voting for which was to be held on July 18, were suspended by the department of higher education through an order dated July 14. The elections were suspended citing poor number of registrations for the senate polls, which were to elect five students representatives.

For suspending the polls, DHE had invoked Section 68 of Madhya Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya Adhiniyam-1973, which empowers the government to take whatever decision its find fit if any difficulty arises during formation of authority of university. Prajapati had challenged this poll suspension order in the court claiming that the decision to suspend the polls was illegal and taken following pressure built up by the ABVP on the government.

The court however had rejected the petition observing that the state government has right to take whatever decision it finds fit when any difficulty arises during formation of authority of university. “I still believe that the government’s move to suspend the election process was wrong and thus, challenged the court’s order through writ appeal,” Prajapati said.

The government had suspended DAVV senate polls on July 14 stating that the new dates for the same would be announced soon. However, despite passing off two months no election schedule has been declared as yet. Advocate Nimish Pathak said that the government should announce senate election schedule at the earliest so that three representatives from the senate can make it to executive council of the university. As per norms, three members elected by senate through in-house election will make it to the executive council.