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- 1 Newly elected DUSU president Rocky Tuseed, was hauled up by the Delhi high court over “attempt to murder” charges for his involvement in an altercation in 2014 at Delhi University’s Shivaji College.
- 2 According to an FIR filed against Tuseed on August 6, 2014 in West Delhi’s Rajouri Garden police station by one Bhagat Singh, a final year student of Shivaji College, the fight took ahead of a meeting for the presidential elections that year. Singh has accused Tuseed of hitting him with a wooden plank on his head.
- 3 The HC termed the charges serious after being informed by Tuseed’s opponent Rajat Chaudhary of ABVP about the alleged concealment of facts.
- 4 Speaking to Mail Today, Rocky said, “We had resolved the issue long back and reached a settlement. The brawl took place between two political groups on campus and my name was dragged into the fight because I was politically active as a student in my first year.”
- 5 According to recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee, which governs DU’s students’ elections, any student who has been chargesheeted or convicted in a criminal offence cannot contest elections. Tuseed’s nomination was cancelled by DUSU chief election officer SB Babbar earlier this month. He moved HC seeking clearance and somehow managed to get a clearance.
- 6 State NSUI president Akshay Lakra said, “The defeated candidate Rajat Choudhary approached Delhi HC complaining against Rocky on the basis of a false FIR, which was registered by the BJP government in August 2014 against a group of students during that year’s DUSU elections.” NSUI activists said the court has not framed any charges against Rocky and a similar FIR is also pending against ABVP DUSU president Parvesh Malik. In fact, the present ABVP DUSU secretary is also being investigated in a criminal case filed by the law faculty, they said.
- 7 -Prachi Agarwal