New Delhi: In a breather to St Stephen's student Devansh Mehta, the Delhi High Court today stayed his suspension and issued notice to the college. Mehta, a third-year philosophy student, was allegedly suspended for launching e-zine, an online magazine without getting clearance from the college principal.
The online-magazine was banned after it published an interview of the principal. His suspension followed soon after he broke it to the media.
On April 15, Mehta was suspended for nine days till April 23 after a one-man inquiry committee appointed by the college principal found him guilty of “breach of discipline”.
The court also barred the college from awarding the prize that was withdrawn from the student to anyone else until the next date of hearing on May 21.
Mehta has requested in his petition that he be awarded the Rai Saheb Banarsi Das Memorial Prize, for which he was earlier selected by the college. He was dropped from the list in the wake of the controversy.
Devansh was to receive the prize on Saturday at the St. Stephen's Dismissal Service.
The student in his petition also claimed that he was being repeatedly victimised by the college principal Valson Thampu.
The petition sought relief against, “the arbitrary, illegal, mala fide and shockingly unreasonable actions unleashed against him by the principal.”