New Delhi: Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday suspended Ankiv Baisoya from the post of the president of Delhi University Student Union (DUSU). Baisoya was accused of submitting a fake bachelor’s degree certificate, days after being elected the DUSU President in September this year. Also Read - DUSU Demands Steps to Refund Fees of Students Who Lost Parents to Covid-19. Will Varsity Listen?

Contrary to reports, he has not been expelled from the ABVP, the student wing of the BJP, till an inquiry is completed in the matter. In a statement released by ABVP, it said, “We have asked DUSU president Ankiv Baisoya to resign from his post and also expelled him from all the responsibilities of the organisation till the inquiry is over.” Also Read - For CBSE Board Exams, Consider Open Book And Take-Home Exam Options, Student Organisations Write To Education Minister

ABVP said the decision was taken to maintain the “genuineness” of Delhi University Students  Union. But NSUI said this was clearly a decision taken under pressure ahead of the high court hearing on November 20. Also Read - Accused of Conversion, Two Nuns Harassed on Train in Uttar Pradesh; Amit Shah Assures Action

“This is an attempt to save whatever little face ABVP can. They waited for two months in an attempt to keep the DUSU presidentship with ABVP instead of asking him to step down when the matter came to light. ABVP also didn’t set up any inquiry committee of its own. So, this decision at this belated hour is clearly cynical and cowardly,” the National Students Union of India said.

The Delhi High Court on Monday gave DU time till November 20 to verify the authenticity of Baisoya’s bachelors degree from a university in Tamil Nadu. The two-month period within which a re-election could be held ended on November 13.

Baisoya was elected DUSU president in September. NSUI and AISA have accused the DU administration of deliberately delaying an investigation of the alleged fake degree of Baisoya.

The high court is hearing the case on a plea of NSUI student leader Sunny Chillar, who has sought from the court that Baisoya’s election be set aside after news reports said the registrar of Thiruvalluvar University had “unambiguously and unequivocally” declared Baisoya’s certificate “fake and forged”.