ABVP suspends DUSU President Ankiv Basoya, asks him to resign from post following fake degree row

Delhi University Student Union President, Ankiv Basoya who had been accused of falsifying his Bachelors’ degree before the elections, has been asked to resign from his post by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, and has suspended him pending inquiry into the matter.

“We have asked DUSU (Delhi University Student Union) President Ankiv Baisoya to resign from his post and also expelled him from all the responsibilities of the organisation till the inquiry is over,” a statement from ABVP said.

On September 13, Basoya had claimed victory over NSUI’s Sunny Chhillar, but had soon faced allegations by the rival student wing of the Congress that his admission in DU’s Buddhist Studies Department was not valid as he submitted a fake marksheet of graduation from Thiruvalluvar University.

The university hasn’t completed its probe in the matter. The Delhi High Court on Monday extended the timeline till November 20, to verify if Baisoya’s degree was genuine.

“The moment ABVP won DUSU elections by 3:1, NSUI and other student organizations started raising questions on the authenticity of Ankiv’s previous degree and its present admission. This propaganda is in continuation since he came in power. ABVP at that time gave its clear stand that Delhi University has all the rights to verify Documents and must do it to stop all the rumours,” said ABVP national media convenor Monika Chaudhary.

“Keeping in mind students struggle, emotions and expectations and in order to maintain the genuineness of Delhi University Students Union, ABVP asked Ankiv to resign from his post and also removed him from all the responsibilities of organisation till DU completes the verification process,” she added.

“We request DU administration to complete the verification process as soon as possible and must produce the result in public domain. We also condemn the delay done by DU in the whole process as it led to many false informations and asked the university to do the same with immediate effect, and if Ankiv is found guilty then he must face all the legal actions which are expected in this case,” said ABVP state secretary Bharat Khatana.

AICC Incharge of NSUI Ruchi Gupta said this was a decision taken “under pressure and not principle”.

“HC order is likely to come on November 20 and Ankiv would have been disqualified anyway. This is an attempt to save whatever little face ABVP can,” she said.

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