New Delhi: Delhi University (DU) is behaving like an ostrich by “sticking its head in the sand" instead of taking action against a law student accused of intimidating teachers on several occasions, the Delhi high court said on Tuesday.

“There is complete lawlessness and you have stuck your head in the sand like an ostrich," a bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Deepa Sharma told the university. It also told the varsity that the court “would not permit lawless elements to roam free in the campus".

The court was hearing a plea over an alleged assault on the dean and some professors of DU’s Law Faculty by some students last year. The Delhi Police also felt some heat from the bench which said this was a “law and order situation" and the courts cannot be expected to “police the law faculty" in DU.

“Should we wield the baton now," it asked the police. The court told the police that it had earlier also observed that “inevitability of punishment would be the only deterrent" against lawless behaviour. The remarks from the bench came after the police told the court that the student in question, former DU Students’ Union president Satender Awana, continued to intimidate the teaching faculty despite several FIRs against him.

It also told the court that it has filed two chargesheets against Awana in connection with the incidents of violence against the law faculty members, including dean Ved Kumari. The police, represented by its standing counsel Rahul Mehra, said that chargesheets were filed on 17 October in the trial court and the next date of hearing there was on 9 January 2018.

The bench, thereafter, listed the matter for further hearing on 15 November so that the amicus curiae appointed by it can peruse the chargesheets filed by the police. The police was also given time to file a status report in the matter.

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