India: Delhi HC maintains UNJ investigation against teachers for protest | India News

NEW DELHI: The High Court of Delhi Wednesday suspended the investigation opened by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against its 45 faculty members who allegedly participated in a demonstration last July.
Judge Suresh Kait asked the UNJ administration to respond to the teachers' appeal challenging the accusations made by the university against 48 members of the faculty who allegedly participated in the strike / protest.
The court listed the case on October 10 for a new hearing.
The teachers, represented by lead counsel Kapil Sibal, said they sent individual responses to the notices of justification stating that there was no misconduct or violation of the rules, as claimed by the university.
The petition, filed by 45 faculty members, indicates that the charges against them were based on three grounds for engaging them in the so-called "bad faith investigation".
One of the reasons was that the CCS rules of conduct prohibited public servants from resorting to strikes, coercion or physical coercion with respect to service.
The petition, filed through attorneys Abhik Chimni, Maanav Kumar and Nupur, also referred to a High Court decision in its order of August 9 2017, which imposes certain restrictions on strike / protest venues organized by students.
The [petitioners] and teachers of the general are not governed by the CCS rules of conduct.
The JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has proposed to hold a rally on 31 July 2018 at its general body meeting held on July 24 2018.
On July 30, JNUTA wrote to the university's vice-chancellor saying that she had tried to raise several real concerns and decisions made by the UNJ, including repeated violations of the UNJ law, statutes and ordinances, autonomy, biometric teacher attendance, online review, IPR policy, proposed HEFA Loan.
However, despite all his efforts, the authorities have not reacted, dialogued or communicated any information. The teachers organized the event on 31 July last year, he said.
"In addition to the fact that the applicants are not governed by the Rules of Conduct (CCS), it is argued that the very application of these rules and the penalties that accompany them are seriously prejudicial to them.
"Subject to this inquiry under the CCS Rules of Conduct, the respondent authorities (authorities) would be in serious danger of taking coercive measures against them, including by suspending the applicants for the duration of the investigation; reduce the salary class, the grade or their position to a lower level for a specified period (...). Forced retirement, dismissal or dismissal ", says the petition.
It adds that teachers will suffer serious prejudice, both during the proceedings and as a result of the final sentences that may be imposed on them.
The plea appointed JNU, its vice-chancellor and registrar as parties to the case.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA