The High Court bench ruled that the authorities’ failure to hold the polls, in the last 26 years, is illegal
A contempt notice has been served to the vice-chancellor, proctor, and treasurer of Dhaka University for not taking steps to hold the Dhaka University Central Student Union’s (DUCSU) elections—contravening the prior High Court directive to hold it within six months.
The notice said Vice-chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, Proctor Dr AKM Golam Rabbani, and Treasurer Dr Kamal Uddin, will be sued in a contempt of court case—if they do not take steps to hold an election following HC directives within next seven days.
Advocate Manzil Murshid, lawyer for the petitioners, issued the notice on Tuesday.
Earlier on January 17, the HC had asked the DU authorities to take necessary steps, within the next six months, to hold DUCSU elections.
A writ petition was filed by 25 DU students in March 2012, seeking a court order to compel the authorities concerned to arrange the DUCSU election, reports UNB.
The elected executive body of DUCSU will serve for one year and may continue to work if no election is held in the following three months— as per a decision taken at a meeting headed by Prof AK Azad Chowdhury in 1998.
The last time DUCSU elections were held was in 1990, the same year military dictator HM Ershad was ousted.