Published:  03:08 AM, 13 September 2018

Contempt case filed over DUCSU polls

Lawyer Manzil Morshed filed a contempt of court case on Wednesday over the silence of Dhaka University regarding Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) polls. Dhaka University (DU) authority has not yet submitted any reply to the legal notice about High Court's order to organize DUCSU election.

Vice Chancellor, Proctor and Treasurer of DU have been sued in the contempt case. Advocate Manzil Morshed has told media, "A legal notice was served to DU Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, Proctor Dr. AKM Golam Rabbani and Treasurer Dr. Kamal Uddin on 4th September. But the top officials of DU have not sent any reply to the legal notice regarding the DUCSU election. That's why the contempt case has been lodged."

According to Manzil Morshed, the hearing over the case is likely to be held on Sunday before a High Court bench consisting of Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam and Justice KM Hafizul Alam. 

High Court instructed DU authority on 17 January this year to hold DUCSU polls within six months. The court also asked Home Ministry to provide necessary cooperation to DU through the law and order forces  when the polls would be held.

Lawyer Manzil Morshed sent a legal notice to DU authority on 4th September seeking to know whether DU is taking any measures to host DUCSU polls. DUCSU was founded one year after the establishment of Dhaka University in 1921. Initially the polls were held through indirect votes but after Bangladesh's independence DUCSU polls were held through direct ballots from the students of DU.

Student leaders who emerged from DUCSU played valiant roles during significant historic upheavals like the Language Movement of 1952, the Noncooperation Movement of 1969, the Liberation War of 1971 and the anti-autocratic uprising of 1990.

DUCSU polls were held only six times after the country's independence though it was supposed to take place every year. The last DUCSU election was held on 6th June 1990. Since then no DUCSU election has been organized.

A legal notice on behalf of 31 students was served to the VC, Proctor and Treasurer of DU on 11th March 2012. A writ petition was lodged as DU authority made no response to the legal notice.

In the latest DUCSU polls held in 1990 Aman Ullah Aman was elected vice president (VP) and Khairul Kabir Khokon was elected general secretary (GS).

At present Aman Ullah Aman is a member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party's (BNP) advisory council while Khairul Kabir Khokon is currently BNP joint secretary general. As no DUCSU polls were held after 1990, there has been no representation of students in DU senate since that year.

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