THE LU administration has expressed “shock” and “surprise” over chief secretary NC Bajpai’s move to seek an explanation from the LU on a memorandum submitted to Bajpai by a delegation of student leaders who are facing several criminal charges.
According to the administration, these student leaders did not represent the voice of the common students and hence there was no justification in taking cognizance of their memorandum against the university.
The student leaders who met the chief secretary included Pawan Pandey, Rajpal Kashyap, Ram Singh Rana, Brijesh Yadav, Krishna Mohan Verma, Vinod Tripathi and Ranjit Baghel.
In its reply, the LU listed the criminal records of the members of the delegation and expressed its inability to reopen the campus in the present scenario. The student leaders in their memorandum had pleaded that the LU should be reopened forthwith and the eviction of the hostellers stopped as it was causing inconvenience to the students.
The LU administration categorically stated that the sine die closure of the university had become necessary to weed the criminal elements out of the campus. It said those appearing in competitive examinations had been given relaxation and could stay back by producing relevant documents.
It also highlighted several incidents (especially from November 21 to December 11) when student leaders resorted to violence, ransacked teachers’ residence and misbehaved with their family members.
In their memorandum, student leaders had demanded an inquiry into the recruitment done by the V-C and other financial irregularities. Student leaders described the V-C as a dictator and accused him of not holding a dialogue to resolve issues.
The State government had taken cognizance of the allegations leveled by the student leaders in the memorandum against the LU administration and sent to the higher education secretary, who in turn forwarded the same to the LU.
In a noting, a government official wrote that the LU should take a positive stand and see that hostels were not vacated. Also, there was no reason to keep the university closed any further.