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Law Academy indefinitely closed

Monday, Feb 6, 2017,10:35 IST By joji A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | In a bid to avoid any confrontation with students who resolved to intensify their 26-day long stir, the management of a private law college here Sunday announced its indefinite closure from tomorrow.

Reversing the decision to resume classes from Monday, the authorities of Kerala Law Academy College said police, citing intelligence inputs, informed them about possible trouble.
 
“There is intelligence report of  trouble and in view of that, the management has decided to close down the institution indefinitely from tomorrow’, a spokesperson of the academy said.
 
The management had earlier decided to resume classes from tomorrow.

The college is in the eye of a storm over alleged irregularities in providing internal marks and harassment of students by Lekshmi Nair daughter of Academy Director N Narayanan Nair, a close relative of a former CPI(M) MLA.

The issue also led to fissures in the CPI-M led ruling LDF with key partner CPI openly coming out in support of students agitation.

SFI, students wing of pro-CPI-M, had withdrawn from the stir last week after management agreed to keep away Lekshmi Nair from the post of Principal.
 
A meeting convened yesterday by State Education Minister C Raveendhranath to end the agitation had failed to break the impasse as students stuck to their main demand of resignation of the Principal Lekshmi Nair and the management maintained that she had been kept away from the post for next five years.
 
Significantly though the students belonging to ABVP, KSU and AISF, under a joint action council launched the strike, Congress and BJP have now openly joined the agitation.
 
Though students started the agitation levelling allegations of harassment, nepotism, mismanagement, and misuse of power, another serious issue with regard to the mis-utilisation of about 12 acres of land assigned to the academy surfaced later, prompting the government to order a probe into the matter.
 
Former KPCC President K Muraleedharan, MLA, on a fast for the past four days in front of the Academy here, said the government should intervene and avoid a tense situation.

Senior Congress Working Committee member and former defence minister A K Antony visited Muraleedharan and expressed hope that students agitation would end in success.
  
BJP State Secretary V V Rajesh, who was also on a fast in front of the college, said their agitation was not only against the institution, but a fight against private educational managements who harass students.

He said BJP would continue the strike till demands of students were met.
 
BJP is also demanding cancellation of affiliation of the college.
 
Spilling  more trouble for the Principal, Kerala Pulayar Mahaha Sabha, an outfit of backward community, has called for her arrest over alleged harassment of Dalit students.
 
The Sabha leaders said that they would take out a march to the academy tomorrow.