Calcutta high court sets aside Visva-Bharati rustication order, directs it to review other suspensions – Times of India

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KOLKATA: The Calcutta high court on Wednesday set aside the rustication order against three Visva-Bharati postgraduate students a week after the court asked the university to keep the order “in abeyance”.
The court passed the order on an “undertaking by the three students” that “there shall be peace and order in the university henceforth”.
Justice Rajasekhar Mantha also had a word of caution for Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty and the university management. “Unnecessary confrontation should be avoided. It is expected that the vice-chancellor would follow the above with letter and spirit,” the court observed.
Accordingly, the HC asked the university to “review” suspension orders against at least 60-70 teachers, employees and professors within 15 days of the court order.
Justice Mantha directed Santiniketan Police to withdraw the armed guards posted at the vice-chancellor’s official residence from 8am on September 16, as the security “was not deemed necessary”.
While passing the order, the court was “compelled” to observe that the VC and the management should take a more “convivial and inclusive approach” in dealing with university stakeholders.
Justice Mantha in his order didn’t spare the agitating students accused of breaking the lock of a professor’s room in the economics building and leading an agitation at Visva-Bharati’s sanctum sanctorum Chhatimtala. “The three students appear to have been used as a front by some vested interests to bring the university to a standstill. The entire lot of students of the university suffered as a consequence,” the court said.
The HC left no room for confusion over when the three students would resume classes. The court ordered that Phalguni Pan, a repeater in MA semester I of the economics and politics department, would join classes on and from October 2021. Somnath Shaw, a student of economics, would be allowed to clear his semester backlog in December 2021 or January 2022. Rupa Chakrabortty, a student of Hindustani classical music, has to sit for an internal assessment examination in December 2021 or January 2022.
The court didn’t take cognisance of the trio’s complaint that VB didn’t provide them the link to attend online classes. It noted that the university complied with the court order by putting rustication on hold. “The orders of rustication have now become infructuous. Hence in the interest of and for the ends of justice, as a special case, without creating any precedent, the orders of rustication are set aside,” the court said.