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Decide on Prof.’s leave in 3 days, HC tells JNU

Court to summon V-C otherwise

The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to take a decision on the leave application of one of its professors within three days.

Justice Suresh Kait said, “Take a decision in three days, failing which, the Vice-Chancellor shall be personally present in court on the next date.” The High Court has posted the case for further hearing on February 26.

The university, represented by the Centre’s Standing Counsel Monika Arora, assured the court that a decision would be taken within the fixed time.

The court’s order came on a plea by Dean of School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, Kavita Singh, who was yet to be granted leave by the university to travel abroad for a fellowship programme.

In her plea, Ms. Singh has sought a direction to the university to consider her application for extraordinary leave from April 6 to July 22 and earned leave from July 23 to July 26.

On February 8, the High Court had directed the university to consider Ms. Singh’s leave application within five days.

However, on Thursday, it was informed that no decision was taken on the matter yet and the application would be put up before the JNU Executive Council for consideration on Friday.

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