Court admits contempt plea against KU protesting staffers

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, September 13

A local court on Thursday admitted a petition of contempt of court filed by Kurukshetra University against 37 activists of its non-teaching employees’ association.

Confirming the development, Vice-Chancellor KC Sharma said the court had fixed the next hearing on September 26.

The court will serve summon notices on all persons named in the contempt petition. In the petition filed before Civil Judge Chetesh Gupta, the university pleaded that in the orders issued on September 7, the court had barred defendants (then 17 leaders of the KU Non-Teaching Employees Association (KUNTEA) from going on an illegal strike against the plaintiff (KU).”

The Judge had stated that, “Since the defendants are working in an educational institution, their primary objective should be to ensure uninterrupted teaching and research activity in the university.”

Taking note of the charges levelled by the university, the Judge had stated in the last hearing that, “The defendants are restrained from forcing other non-teaching employees of the university to participate with them and restraining them from discharging their duties.”

However, the university said a second chain of leaders was formed by the KUNTEA to continue the indefinite strike. Sloganeering and boycott of work by non-teaching staff entered the 16th day on Thursday.

Members of KUNTEA have been on a strike since August 29, demanding promotion for seven “ineligible” staff members to the posts of Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrar.

They are demanding exemption from the compulsory computer test required for the promotion of 22 Class IV employees, including union president Ram Kumar Gujjar.

A meeting between VC and KUNTEA office-bearers was held on the university campus on Wednesday evening. However, sources said the meeting ended without resolving any issue.

Sources said the VC asked the the KUNTEA to end the strike immediately and join work without any pre-condition. A KUNTEA delegation was apprised that the demand of promotions while relaxing the laid down procedures would not be entertained.

The VC reiterated that the arrears of the Seventh Pay Panel Commission would be paid on getting funds from the state government as the university did not have resources to pay the same.


The case

Members of KUNTEA have been on a strike since August 29, demanding promotion for seven "ineligible" staff members to the posts of Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrar. They are demanding exemption from the compulsory computer test required for the promotion of 22 Class IV employees, including union president Ram Kumar Gujjar. A meeting between VC and KUNTEA office-bearers was held on Wednesday.  However, sources said the meeting ended without resolving any issue.


Join duty or face action, officials told

The Kurukshetra University authorities on Thursday directed all deputy and assistant registrars and superintendents and deputy superintendents to join work immediately from Friday to avoid disciplinary action. Registrar Dr Nita Khanna said since the ongoing strike had been declared illegal by the court, stern action would be initiated if the administrative officials continue to skip work. She categorically stated that 'no work, no pay; rule has already been implemented by the university.

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