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Posted On : 20 Sep, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
HC agrees to hear plea on JNU's decision to disband GSCASH
The Delhi High Court today agreed to hear a plea by some JNU teachers and students challenging the varsity's decision to disband a panel against sexual harassment and forming an internal complaints committee instead.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and C Hari Shankar agreed to list the matter tomorrow which was mentioned by senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the teachers and the students.

The JNU administration had in its 269th Executive Council meeting held on September 18 ordered the dissolution of the independent body, GSCASH (Gender Sensitisation Against Sexual Harassment).

Ever since the administration announced the decision in a circular issued a week ago by the Registrar, the students and teachers were up in arms against the move.

The circular had also ordered putting on hold the polls for electing student representatives to the GSCASH.

The petition was yesterday filed in the high court by three teachers and three students Prof Madhu Sahni, Prof Rajat Dutta, Prof Hemant Adlakha, Ritika Kar, Rituraj Sharma and Sonam Goyal.

The petitioners have sought quashing of the office orders superseding the GSCASH by the internal complaints committee and the Registrar's circular putting the elections to GSCASH on hold, JNU Teachers' Association President Ayesha Kidwai had said in a statement.

As an urgent application, the petitioners have asked for a stay on the operation of the supersession order and a direction to JNU to preserve all records of GSCASH from 1999 till date in consultation of GCASH.

"They have also asked the court to allow the elections for student representatives scheduled for September 22 to be held in accordance with law," the statement had said.