The Supreme Court's intervention asking re-investigation of the Cash for Vote scam is a welcome move.
The Lyngdoh Committee, constituted to frame guidelines for students’ union elections,saw the elections for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union as a “model to be followed”. Therefore, the recent Supreme Court stay on the JNUSU elections on the ground that they do not meet the committee recommendations is unfortunate,says Albeena Shakil,a former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president and a women’s activist based in New Delhi.
In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court of India ordered a conditional stay on the students' union elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU). The order on 24th October was enough to halt the normal electioneering process in the campus and scheduled elections for November 3rd were stopped. JNUSU (JNU students' union) follows an unique student election process, where the students themselves conduct elections without university administrative interference. The Supreme court has deemed it necessary for JNUSU to adhere to the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations for student union elections in the country. That the Lyngdoh Committee had considered the JNUSU to be a model for all other student unions in the country heightens the irony of the latest order by the Court. An University General Body meeting was convened in order to respond to the Supreme Court stay order. The resolutions of the UGBM are presented in this post. Also attached is a Students' Federation of India (SFI) communique on the issue.