Panjab University elections: Two presidential aspirants have criminal cases against them

The list of approved candidates will be displayed on Friday morning.

punjab Updated: Sep 01, 2018 10:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Iqbalpreet Prince and Sachin Galav (HT Photo)

Exactly a week before the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections, various student bodies filed nominations for the four posts — president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer — besides the department representatives on Thursday.

Among those aspiring for the president’s post, there are two candidates — both from the student wings of prominent political parties — who have been booked in criminal cases in the past and are undergoing trial at present.

While the nomination of Iqbalpreet Prince of the Students Organisation of India (SOI) — student wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal — has been cleared, that of Sachin Galav of the Congress’s National Students Union of India (NSUI) has been put on hold for legal opinion.

The list of approved candidates will be displayed on Friday morning.

The case history

Prince is a second-year master’s student of the Centre for Human Rights and Duties and Galav is the second-year master’s student of the Centre for Women Studies.

It was in November 2017 that after two factions of the NSUI clashed, Pargat Brar of the Jeewanjyot Jugnu group complained against Gurjot Sandhu and his supporters for attacking him with a sharp-edged weapon. Sandhu along with Sachin Galav, Pardeep Gujjar and Yadwinder Singh were booked in the case.

Galav had given in writing before a university-level disciplinary committee that he was not involved in the incident. The committee had even found the complainant, Pargat Brar, was an outsider and not a PU student as he had claimed. The case is under trial.

On the other hand, Prince was booked for rioting and assaulting a Home Guards jawan at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanata Dharam (GGDSD), Sector 32, in March 2017, when he was elected the president there. He was arrested and later granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court in September.

Screening panel biased: Galav

However, only Galav’s case has been sent for legal opinion. Dean, students’ welfare (DSW), Emanual Nahar said objections were received in the case of Galav while no objection was received against Prince’s nomination.

Meanwhile, Galav accused the screening committee of being biased.

“The objections were to be filed in the department between 12:30pm and 1:30pm, but no objection was received. However, the committee said it received four complaints directly and has sent the case for legal opinion,” he said.

The DSW said in the case of presidential candidates, anyone can file an objection in any of the departments. He said the final list for withdrawals will be displayed at 10am on Friday as he did not receive the details from several departments on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Prince was called to DSW’s office as some SOI supporters allegedly disturbed a class in the chemistry department. A teacher had complained against them. Prince was let-off after he gave it in writing that his party won’t repeat such actions.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 12:29 IST