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DU appeals against HC order for holding DUCSU election

18 Sep,2018

BDchronicle:
The High Court Division after briefly hearing contempt petition against Dhaka University vice chancellor, proctor and the treasurer declined give any decision over their violations of a previous order to hold Dhaka University Central Students Union elections within six months. 
After attorney general Mahbubey appeared for the contemnors and opposed issuance of rulings, the court advised petitioners’ lawyer Manzill Murshid to move his contempt motion in another vacation bench.
Lawyers said that the attorney general duty requires him to assist the court in contempt cases and in no way he can appear for any contemnor. 
On Sunday DU authorities appealed against the directive issued by the High Court Division on January 17 to the vice chancellor, the proctor and the treasurer to hold the DUCSU elections at a suitable time, preferably within six months.
After his discussions with student leaders, the VC told reporters on Sunday that the DUCSU polls could be held by March 2019 and the electoral rolls would be prepared by October 2018.
The VC held the discussions with the student leaders after 25 former DU students filed the contempt petition against VC Md Akhtaruzzaman, proctor AKM Golam Rabbani and treasurer Kamal Uddin alleging that they had violated the HC order by not taking steps to hold the DUCSU polls.
The DU authorities in the appeal prayed for setting aside the HC verdict saying if DUCSU elections were held now chaos could follow to hamper holding the general election and democracy.

On Monday a vacation bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohammad Ali gave no decision after briefly hear the contempt motion against the VC, the proctor and the treasurer.
Manzill Murshid said that he would move the contempt motion in another vacation bench.
He also said that the Dhaka University authorities filed the appeal after assuring the student leaders that the DUCSU elections could be held by March only to mislead public opinion.

The court gave the verdict and the order for holding the long overdue DUCSU polls after the writ petition was filed in April 2012 jointly by 25 students who were then studying in the DU.

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