KUALA LUMPUR: A university law student who participated in the "Tangkap MO1" rally last year has taken Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the Higher Education Minister and the government to court over his suspension for involvement in the peaceful assembly.
UKM student Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi, 22, filed the originating summons through Messrs Kandiah Partnership on Dec 15, last year, naming the three as respondents.
During case management today, judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah fixed Feb 28 to hear Asheeq's application for his case to be heard together with four other students from Universiti Malaya (UM), who had filed a similar action on Dec 27, last year.
On Sept 27, 2016, UKM had issued a show cause letter to the plaintiff (Asheeq) in relation to his participation in the rally, saying that he had violated Regulations 3 and 13, of the UKM (Discipline of Students) Rules 1999.
The plaintiff had replied in a letter dated Oct 11, 2016, explaining that he was exercising his constitutional rights and that no actions were taken against him by police for his participation in the rally held on Aug 27, 2016.
However, on Oct 18, 2016, he was served with a letter from the first defendant (UKM) notifying him that he was being charged under Regulations 3 and 13.
He was found guilty by UKM on Nov 15, 2016, and was fined RM200 and suspended for one semester.
Asheeq said that he is bringing the legal action to uphold his constitutional rights.
Among others, he is seeking for a declaration that Section 15 (3)(b) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, and Regulations 3 and 13, do not prevent students from exercising their right to assemble peacefully, unarmed, under Article 10 (1)(a) and (b) of the Federal Constitution outside campus.
He is also seeking for a declaration that the disciplinary proceedings through the Discipline of Students Bill 2 2016 by UKM against him was unlawful.