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HC reserves its order against protesting faculty

delhi Updated: May 13, 2011 01:26 IST
HT Correspondent

The Delhi high court on Thursday reserved its order on Delhi University's plea to initiate contempt of court proceedings against some teachers who are opposing the semester system.

By continuing with their protests, they have defied the court's previous order not to go on strike till the final disposal of the case.

A division bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Sanjiv Khanna reserved the order saying "the court would pronounce the verdict next week as to whether the teachers can be hauled up for contempt of court or not".

The counsel appearing for the university submitted before the bench that the teachers from some colleges, including Dayal Singh College, have been stalling implementation of the semester system and they should be held guilty of contempt of court.

According to the counsel, the college has refused to respond to the correspondence of the university on the issue of deciding the final curriculum for various courses. The college was supposed to send the eligibility criteria and additional information regarding the curriculum being fixed by the university but they refused to reply stating that the matter is pending before the high court, the lawyer further submitted.

He said since the court had not stayed the implementation of semester system and has asked the teachers to cooperate with them in interest of students, the teachers' refusal amounted to contempt of court.

Appearing for the teachers, advocate Prashant Bhushan said the teachers are protesting as they are concerned for students.

The bench, which spoke to the teachers of different colleges, postponed for July the main plea of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) against the validity of university's ordinance for implementation of semester system both in science and arts streams.