The High court in Delhi has issued an order in response to Congress Young Leader Lokesh Chugh’s complaint about DU’s delay in admitting his Ph.D. thesis.

  • Title: LOKESH CHUGH v. UNIVERSITY OF DELHI & ORS. on 13 April, 2023

W.P.(C) 4649/2023 & CM APPL 17922/2023

Lokesh Chugh, Ph.D. Scholar and National Secretary of NSUI has moved the Delhi High Court against the Delhi University’s “inaction and delay” in recognizing his thesis, despite the university’s decision to bar him from taking an exam for an entire year due to his purported role in a showing of a documentary by the BBC on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Justice Purushaindra Kumar Kaurav, who overturned the debarment judgment, issued a notice on Chugh’s petition, requesting a response from the Delhi University and other authorities, and scheduled a hearing for July 17.

Facts of the Case

Chugh, who is being represented by Advocates Naman Joshi and Ritika Vohra, has stated that he had been rushing from pillar to post to submit his Ph.D. thesis to the university but has received no answer from the authorities.

According to the petition, the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University stated publicly during a media engagement with the Times of India that the university intends to pursue an appeal against the verdict. Throughout today’s session, Chugh’s counsel argued that the varsity had not filed an appeal and that the judgement had not yet been stayed. Allowing Chugh to present the matter before the absence of the bench,

According to Chugh’s counsel, Justice Kaurav directed the varsity to comply with the decision if there is no stay. On April 27, Justice Kaurav overturned DU’s judgment citing a “violation of natural justice” and reinstated Chugh’s admission.

Courts Analysis and Decision

The judge rejected Chugh’s petition, which challenged a memorandum issued by the Registrar’s office on March 10 that barred him from sitting the exams for a year. He had also contested a probable cause order issued by the Proctor’s office on February 16 that stated he was involved in a disruption of law and order at the institution during the showing of the doc.

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Written by- Anushka Satwani

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