The Delhi High Court has said that the pre-election debate does not have to be confined to the selection of student organizations in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). It should be taken beyond that.
Justice Siddharth Mridul on Monday suggested this to Congress leader and senior lawyer Salman Khurshid during a hearing on a petition filed by a student of JNU. In his petition, JNU student had challenged the cancellation of nomination for the post of president of the student body at the institute.
The court suggested to the Congress leader, "Why should the debate be limited to JNU elections only. You take it forward. "Pre-election debates are part of presidential elections in many countries including the US, Russia and Mexico. Often this debate is also a live telecast on television.
Prior to this suggestion of the court, it was informed that pre-election debate was set on September 12 before JNU elections to be held on September 14. The court had stayed the university's decision to cancel the nomination of NSUI candidate Vikas Yadav for the post of president.