Delhi HC mixes JNU move...

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The stu­dents in­cluded Umar Khalid and Anir­ban Bhat­tacharya. The court, while al­low­ing the pe­ti­tion, re­manded the mat­ter back to the Ap­pel­late Author­ity, i.e the var­sity’s Vice Chan­cel­lor, di­rect­ing that the stu­dents shall be given two days to in­spect the records and there­after will be given one week to file an ap­peal against the penal­ties im­posed on them.

“.....the mat­ter is re­manded back to the Ap­pel­late Author­ity with a di­rec­tion to grant an op­por­tu­nity of in­spec­tion to the pe­ti­tioner, the record of the High Level En­quiry Com­mit­tee (HLEC) for two con­tin­u­ous days dur­ing of­fice hours only by no­ti­fy­ing the date and time to the pe­ti­tioner for the same and upon such in­spec­tion, they shall have one week time to file a Sup­ple­men­tary Ap­peal........,”

In a 58-page judge­ment, the court said that fol­low­ing this, the Ap­pel­late Author­ity shall hear each of the stu­dents and sub­se­quently, af­ter con­sid­er­ing the ap­peals filed by them, “pass a rea­soned or­der as ex­pe­di­tiously as pos­si­ble”, prefer­ably within six weeks from the date of hear­ing. How­ever, while grant­ing this re­lief, the court cau­tioned the stu­dents and said that “they shall not in­dulge in any strike or dharna or ag­i­ta­tion or co­er­cive ac­tion in fu­ture in con­nec­tion with the is­sue, till such time the pro­ceed­ings be­tween the par­ties at­tain fi­nal­ity”.

Wel­com­ing the judge­ment, Khalid, said, “This is a vic­tory of our amaz­ing le­gal team. We will con­tinue our fight against all these charges against us.” The ver­dict comes on the pleas of 15 stu­dents who were pun­ished for or­gan­is­ing the event. The pu­n­ish­ment for stu­dents ranged from a fine of Rs 10,000 to rus­ti­ca­tion for one se­mes­ter, be­sides a fine of Rs 20,000, re­spec­tively. Another stu­dent, Anir­ban Bhat­tacharya, was de­clared out of bounds of the univer­sity for five years. Against the or­der, the stu­dents had moved the court.

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