SC dismisses SLP on violence in Osmania varsity

New Delhi, August 14: The Supreme Court on Friday disposed of the Special Leave Petition filed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh against the orders passed by it on February 26 with regard to violent incidents on Osmania University campus.

A Bench comprising Justice G S Singhvi and Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly said the writ petition pending in the Andhra Pradesh High Court also stands disposed of in the light of this order.

On February 26, the Bench directed a three-member committee comprising the state home secretary, the Hyderabad police commissioner and the Vice-Chancellor of the University to review the law and order situation on the campus on a dayto- day basis and decide on deployment of police forces.

Violence erupted on the Osmania University campus on February 14 after police resorted to lathicharge to disperse students at a meeting on separate Telangana.

Many students and mediapersons suffered injuries.

There were allegations that female students were manhandled by the police.

A writ petition was filed in the High Court challenging deployment of paramilitary forces on the campus. A single judge of the High Court directed the authorities to take off the paramilitary forces from the varsity’s campus and the Division Bench upheld the Single Bench order.

Government of Andhra Pradesh moved the apex court challenging these orders.

During the same hearing, AP government submitted reports purportedly containing information about the presence of Naxalites on the campus. But, the Bench remarked that sympathy for a cause cannot be considered as extremism.