Saturday, August 23, 2008

Kerala scores another first

In perhaps the first time in the history of the State, the High Court has directed police protection for a vice-chancellor on her request.

Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Basheer ordered "adequate" police protection for Mahatma Gandhi Vice-Chancellor Jancy James, within and outside the campus, as requested by her in a writ petition filed a week after she was pushed and shoved by activists of the pro-CPM Students Federation of India (SFI). Dr Jancy told the court that she had been forced to be on leave following the SFI-led gherao.

The Justices commented in the course of hearing that it was a matter of concern that a vice-chancellor had to approach the court for protection for life and property. "What's happening?" the judges asked, pointing out that the court received some 30 to 40 petitions praying for police protection.


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