To ensure that Panjab University (PU) students do not deface public property by pasting posters and publicity material, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the university to provide a designated spot, inside the campus, to all parties for a limited period. The space must be divided equally, the court has added.
Justice Rajesh Bindal also ordered the MC and the administration to write to all political parties/student unions to ensure compliance of rules prohibiting defacement.
The court also ordered that all political party/student union in-charges of the city would file affidavits stating that they would keep a check on activities of their office bearers and ensure compliance.
During the resumed hearing of the case, 11 student union leaders of the PU were present in the court in view of the warrants issued against them on May 19, after they failed to appear in the court.
Addressing the student leaders, the court said, "See students of law. They don't know what law is…if they are once convicted, their career would be spoiled…whichever party is caught for wrongdoing will have to bear the cost and would also be liable to restore the property."
Some student leaders informed the court that there was not enough space on the campus for pasting posters as around 12 parties contested the elections. They also submitted that it was mostly college students who pasted their posters during elections and around five student unions contest elections in colleges.
Appearing for the Chandigarh administration, senior standing counsel, Sanjay Kaushal, informed the court, "We will inform all private colleges through letters to the principals that anybody defacing public property would be criminally prosecuted."
On this the court said, "Before the elections student leaders should give an affidavit in this regard."
The case will now come up for hearing on July 5.