The Bombay High Court on Friday declined interim relief to five professors and a librarian of a Nashik law college, who sought stay on the Census Commission’s directives to report for the ongoing census duties.
The professors and a librarian from MBT Law College had been ordered to report for census work on April 9.
The same time they received orders from their university to report for paper assessment on April 15 and 16.
As they could not report at two different places at the same time, they chose to report for the census work considering the punishment invited in case of non-compliance and
even underwent a two-day training.
Their lawyer, Harshad Inamdar, had sought a stay on the Census Commission’s orders pointing out that refusal to comply with the same invited up to three years’ jail.
The Census Commission Regulations, 1948, provide for up to three years jail term if any government employee refuses to attend Census duties despite specific directions.
A vacation bench of Justice Abhay Oak and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, however, declined to stay the Census Commission order and placed the petition for hearing before a regular division bench.
The judges noted that the petition had earlier come up for hearing on May 10 and the vacation bench too had not granted a stay.