New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on any kind of protest demonstrations by students on the premises of educational institutions and said students could not pretend themselves to be Mahatma Gandhi and indulge in ‘satyagraha’ as such activities amount to gross indiscipline.

“How can an educational institution run if you organise satyagrahas and carry placards? You are not Mahatma Gandhi,” a Vacation Bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Deepak Verma observed while dismissing the appeal of a girl student, Indulekha Joseph, against her rustication from a college in Kerala on the charge of indiscipline.

Student’s claim

Indulekha, a student St. George’s College at Aruvithura, Kottayam, claimed that she undertook the protest demonstration to expose certain alleged irregularities in the institution.

The Bench rejected the plea of the girl’s counsel Saji Thomas that she had tendered an unconditional apology and hence should be pardoned.

Appeal dismissed

“We are not bothered about it. You can give all kinds of apology. It does not matter. You can stab someone and then say sorry or shoot down someone and say sorry. Are you a student or what? How can an educational institution run if you indulge in such a practice?” the Bench said while refusing to accept the apology.

The counsel’s further plea that the student was suffering from an incurable disease and was in need of kidney transplantation also failed to convince the apex court which dismissed her appeal. — PTI

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