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Activists write to Prez Pranab Mukherjee on tainted AMU Court member

Shri Pranab Mukherji,
His Excellency The President of India

Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned academicians and civil society activists write here to urge your kind notice and highest intervention on the recently appointed members of the Aligarh Muslim University (henceforth AMU) Court by the Central Government. The Court of any University is the top decision making body and same is with the said seat of learning in issue here. The matter is that the Central Government has recently appointed four members to the AMU Court of whom, one  member have dubious credentials that seems not fair to get an appointment in the top decision making team of any educational institution.

The appointed member is Mr. Kunwar Bhartendra who is presently an MP from the Bijnore Loksabha seat in UP. Mr. Bharatendra has been an accused in the Muzaffarnagar Communal Riot case where the Police filed a chargesheet against him proving his participation in the said riots. He was later on arrested by the Police in 2013 for the charges of inciting Communal Violence during the riots in Muzafffarnagar. He was one of the three lawmakers arrested in this connection. His appointment as a member of Court in a noble seat of learning is going to spell the dubious role of governance at large and is not proper for sane and sorted set up of this great nation.

Your Excellency, AMU is not only a seat of learning like as many other universities but it is also an institution of national historical heritage and of national repute. Its alumnus has always brought laurels to the honour of the nation. We, as Academicians and members of the Civil Society sincerely believe that the appointment of these people to the top decision making body i.e the AMU Court is not a fair play. The officers sitting at the responsible and higher posts should not use their power as tools for exercising their politics especially in an academic seat by appointing the faces to the top body not so appropriate to the citizens in general and minorities in particular.

Finally we urge your kind intervention and request you to advise the HRD Ministry to revise their decision by placing some noted academician and experts as the court members in the place of those said gentleman so that the promising future and coming generations thereafter get benefitted by the fair and true commitment of a sincere and welfare government.

With assurance of our highest consideration,

Dr Sandeep Pandey,  IIT,BHU  
Prof Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum 
Prof Vipin kumar Tirpathi, Sadhbhav Mission, Retd IIT Delhi 
Dr Qudusia Anjum, Parcham 
Dr Prem Singh, Delhi university 
Prof  Rajendar Chaudhary, Rohtak 
 Faisal khan, NAPM, Khudai Khidmatgar 
Shahab Shabbir, Research Scholar, coordinator, Khudai Khidmatgar, AMU
17 January 2015

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