Kerala High Court Flashes Red Card on Campus Politics

Kochi: Protests and hunger strikes on campuses could be a thing of the past in politically-active Kerala, with the Kerala High Court, in an interim verdict, ordering an end to campus politics, strikes and agitations at educational institutions.

The interim ruling by the bench headed by Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh was in response to a plea filed by the management of MES College in Ponnani seeking the court’s intervention in an ongoing strike by students belonging to the Students Federation of India (SFI) following clashes during a student’s union election.

The next hearing of the case is to come up on Monday. The interim verdict court order also asserted that students who participate in political activities in campuses be expelled.

Pointing out that the students are supposed to study and not indulge in politics or picketing, the High Court said that college managements can throw out such students who are a hindrance to the peaceful atmosphere.