Supreme Court declines to intervene to end FTII strike

FTII Strike
Students continue their protest against the Institute       (Image: Boomlive)

The Supreme Court of India on Monday declined that it will not entertain public interest litigation filed seeking the Court’s intervention to compel the Union Government to took a friendly decision for the students of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune so as to end up the ongoing strike over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the Institute.

Vineet Dhanda who is the advocate of the petitioner submitted before a Bench which was being headed by Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu that a worse situation will arise if the students started demanding that the experts in the respective field will be the head of the educational institutions. While arguing over her points in the court room he said that FTII is the most prestigious institute which is presently paralyzed by the ongoing strike on the part of the students and the government is not doing anything to find a solution.

The petition filed, was , “If students of various law colleges go on strikes with a demand to appoint topmost legal luminaries like Harish Salve, F.S. Nariman, Dushyant Dave or many other legal luminaries of the profession of law to be appointed principals or directors, then it will be next to impossible to run the law colleges in the country, and likewise, if every topmost or renowned person is demanded to be appointed director or principal of an institution, then educational institutions of our country will have to be shut down.”

The petition not only seeks the favour in demand of the students which are removal of Chauhan and four members of the FTII body, who allegedly lack “credentials and status” the government on their part is also expected to take action against FTII director Prashant Pathrabe who filed a controversial police complaint which led to the arrests of five students who had allegedly detained him during a demonstration.

All the petitions filed by the petitioner were dismissed by the Supreme Court of India.

It has been three months since the classes at one of the famous institute has been suspended and the strikes are ongoing on the part of the students over the appointment Gajendra Chauhan, as the chairman of the institute who has been a TV actor and that too also for a short span of time.

Few days back three member team has arrived in FTII Pune with a hope and resolution to end the gloomy days of FTII soon but no solution came out.

Moreover during a press conference FTII students were of the view that if the centre failed to resolve their issue of strike then they will go on a hunger strike too. On September 6, 2015 Maharashtra Police issued notice to Abhijit Das, a contract faculty member from Assam who began a fast on the campus seeking “immediate resolution” of the impasse.

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