More undergrads of SG University complain to SC

By Chitra Weerarathne

Six more undergraduates of the Sabaragamuwa University yesterday moved the Supreme Court against a decision of the Vice Chancellor to suspend their studentship for one year, commencing from November 26, 2013.

The said they had been blamed for an allegedly unlawful protest campaign held in front of the girls’ hostel. Another allegation was that when six senior student counselors came to settle the commotion, the undergrads had abused and assaulted the student counselors.

The petitioners have said that the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mahinda Rupasinghe decided to suspend them without giving them a fair hearing.

The petitioner undergraduates want the arbitrary decision of the VC annulled by the court. They want the court to direct the university’s authorities to permit them to sit examinations.

Earlier two other students petitioned the court on this same issue which occurred on July 30, 2013.

On August 1, 2013, the VC decided to expel them. But, the undergrads appealed and got the punishment reduced to a one-year suspension.

The six undergrads who have petitioned the court are B. M. Pradeep Kumara, Viraj Muthukumarana, H. M. D. Pushpakumara Herat, Anil Ranasinghe, P. H. C. Prasanna Chandrasena and W. Chathuranga Madurasinghe.

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