Karnataka

Vice-Chancellor withdraws permission to Kanhaiya’s programme at Gulbarga University

Heavy police personnel were deployed and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC was imposed near Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan in Gulbarga University where former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was scheduled to address a public gathering on Tuesday.

Heavy police personnel were deployed and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC was imposed near Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan in Gulbarga University where former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was scheduled to address a public gathering on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: ARUN KULKARNI

Hours after the Syndicate of Gulbarga University permitted for the organisation of a programme where former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was scheduled to address, Prof. Parimala Ambekar, Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of Gulbarga University withdrew the permission on Monday late evening.

Speaking to the presspersons at her chamber on Tuesday morning, she said that she had reversed the Syndicate decision after considering the “oral order” from the Department of Higher Education and the “requests from elected representatives”. She, however, clarified that she withdrew the permission using her “discretionary power” considering the possibility of disturbance to peace & law and order in the campus.

Soon after the withdrawal of the permission, the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed around the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan in the campus where the programme was supposed to be organised.

Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar was scheduled to address the gathering of around 4000 students on Responsibility of Youth in Protecting Indian Constitution, at a programme to be organised by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Study Chair of the Gulbarga University, on Tuesday.

An emergency meeting of the Syndicate was convened on Monday to discuss the issue and the Vice-chancellor strongly argued against giving permission to his programme. However, the Syndicate, after discussing the issue in length and taking all the factors into account, resolved to give permission.

“Even the Syndicate decision to give permission to Kanhaiya’s programme was taken under pressure. Hundreds of students had gathered to pressurise the Syndicate members to give permission. After considering the possible disturbance of peace and law & order in the campus and the oral order from the Department of Higher Education, I withdrew the permission late in the evening on the same day,” Ms. Ambekar told mediapersons.

When asked about whether she received any intelligence inputs that indicated the possibility of disturbance of peace and law & order in the campus if Mr. Kumar’s programme was allowed, Ms. Ambekar responded negatively by stating that it was her “impression” coupled with government’s “oral order” that prompted her to withdraw the permission.

Rescheduled programme also cancelled

The organisers later decided to conduct the same programme at Visvesvaraya Bhavan near SVP Chowk in the city and approached the police to provide security. However, the police expressed serious concerns and pleaded their inability to provide adequate deploy police personnel at the short notice. The organisers finally cancelled the programme.

“We did not deny permission to any of Kanhaiya’s programmes. We just expressed our concerns over security and the difficulties in deploying the force at a short notice. The organisers then decided to cancel the programme,” M.N. Nagaraj, Kalaburagi Police Commissioner, told The Hindu.

Responding to the developments, Mr. Kumar blamed the State government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to “suppress his voice” in an undemocratic way by misusing the public institutions.

Kanhaiya blames BJP

“Permission to my programme at Gulbarga University was withdrawn due to the pressure from the BJP. Don’t people from other political parties and different streams of thought address the students in the University? What does your act of allowing the others and denying me mean? This is a misuse of power and public institutions to suppress the dissent. I don’t know why Modi is hell-bent to create such problems,” Mr. Kumar told reporters later in the day.

Mr. Kumar  is going to address in another programme scheduled to be held at 4 pm Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College in the city.

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