High Court Declares PUSU President's Election Valid

PUSU President-elect Divyanshu Bhardwaj (file photo).

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Patna: The continuing saga of the Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) 2018 election took yet another turn on Wednesday when Patna High Court reversed an earlier decision of the Patna University Vice Chancellor who had, shortly after the poll results were announced, declared the election of Divyanshu Bhardwaj for the post of President null and void on technical grounds.

A single bench of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh, after hearing arguments from both sides of the case, declared his judgment in favor of Bhardwaj saying Patna University Vice Chancellor erred in his decision when he canceled the plaintiff's election on ground that 'violated natural justice' process.

The judge lashed out at Ras Bihari Prasad Singh for rushing to judgment and declared Bhardwaj's election valid. He, however, directed the university to continue the investigation so it took its natural course for a final verdict in the case.

As recalled, the PUSU election was held on February 17 after a gap of five years. Former Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist-turned-Independent candidate Divyanshu Bhardwaj was declared winner defeating his nearest candidate, a Chhatra Jan Adhikar Party contender, by a margin of 112 votes.

Bhardwaj's victory, however, was short-lived after reports of him being not transparent in his nomination papers surfaced. During an investigation, the university found him to be a simultaneous student of Himalayan University, apparently a violation of the UGC rules according to the PU Vice Chancellor who wasted no time in canceling his election.

Bhardwaj then filed a writ petition with Patna High Court that quashed PU's decision in a ruling on Wednesday saying the election was valid but the enquiry may continue until it comes to a natural end.

A spokesperson for the Vice Chancellor said the university was looking into its options to bring the case to an end in a way that was fair to all parties involved.


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