GANGTOK: BJP Legislator DR Thapa raised the issue of the four expelled students from Geyzing Government College in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly session on Friday.
The Burtuk constituency MLA appealed to Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay to intervene and give justice to the four students by allowing them to sit for their college examinations.
“I had placed the concern of the four students and asked the Chief Minister as well as the Education Minister Kunga Nima Lepcha to intervene and give justice to the four students. They have not committed a crime, to raise a voice is not a crime. To keep them restricted from giving their exams, even hardcore criminals are allowed to give exams. To restrict them from giving exams is to spoil their future. I urged the Chief Minister to allow them to give the exam, they have not committed any crime. They can be given a different punishment. But for now, allow them to give examinations. I appealed for the same”, stated DR Thapa, a former lawyer.
On being asked by EastMojo whether the appeal from the BJP MLA comes late, he clarified, “It is still not late, only yesterday the third-semester examination began, fourth and fifth semesters examination have not happened. Even if they miss a few papers, they may get a chance to give other papers”, stated the former SDF legislator.
On being asked, what kind of response he got from the Assembly led by the Chief Minister, “The Chief Minister highlighted how the matter is in court currently and could account for being subjudice. We are looking into the matter, is all he said”, stated Thapa.
Responding to the matter raised on the Assembly floor, CM Golay in his valedictory remarks, stressed on the students of being expelled by the college administration and not by the government. “At the moment, a case on this matter is under the review of the High Court of Sikkim and I would not comment as the matter could be sub-judice. The issue is being investigated and we will not let injustice happen to our students”, said Golay.
The four students had been expelled on February 19 by Geyzing college administration for alleged repeated breach of college regulations and discipline.