The Supreme Court of India has issued notices to the Union of India, the University Grants Commission, and other relevant parties in response to a plea challenging a specific recommendation put forth by the Lyngdoh Committee. The committee, formed under the directives of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, was tasked with providing recommendations on matters related to student bodies and union elections in universities and colleges across the country.
The controversy revolves around recommendation 6.5.6 of the Lyngdoh Committee, which stipulates that a student can only contest once for the position of an office bearer in a student union and twice for the post of an executive member. The plea challenging this recommendation was filed by Naveen Prakash Nautiyal and others from Uttarakhand.
The bench, comprising Justices Surya Kant and K V Viswanathan, issued the notice and set the next hearing for April 10. The petitioners argue that recommendation 6.5.6 is arbitrary and discriminatory. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing the petitioners, emphasized that no substantial reason or discussion had been provided for this specific recommendation.
The Lyngdoh Committee was constituted in response to a Supreme Court order, with the aim of addressing issues related to criminality and monetary influence in student politics. The committee submitted its report on May 26, 2006, and its recommendations were subsequently accepted by the Supreme Court. On September 22, 2006, the apex court directed that these recommendations should be implemented by all colleges and universities for student union elections held thereafter.
Bhushan argued that the intention behind the committee's formation was to eliminate criminality and financial power from student politics. However, he contends that recommendation 6.5.6 does not align with this objective and lacks a rational basis.
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