The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday asked Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) President Ankiv Baisoya to step down from his post until the probe in the allegations against him of having furnished a fake degree was completed. He has also been relieved of all organisational duties, according to reports.
ABVP later issued a fresh statement saying Baisoya has been suspended and not expelled.
Reacting to the development, National Students' Union of India (NSUI) said this was clearly a decision taken under pressure ahead of the high court hearing on 20 November.
The Delhi High Court had on Monday given Delhi University (DU) time till 20 November to verify the authenticity of Baisoya's bachelors degree from a university in Tamil Nadu.
The direction was given on the basis of a plea by NSUI leader Sunny Chillar. He had sought the setting aside of Baisoya's election as DUSU head, alleging that it was reported in the news that the registrar of Thiruvalluvar University "unambiguously and unequivocally" declared Baisoya's certificate as "fake and forged", reported PTI.
Chillar had also alleged that DU was "deliberately delaying" verification of these claims to benefit the ABVP as no fresh polls would be held for the post of DUSU president in case Baisoya's election was set aside after expiry of the the two-month period.
Chillar had lost to Baisoya for the post of DUSU president in September 2018.