JNU stu­dents f ined for cook­ing biryani on cam­pus

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Stu­dents of Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) have been fined for cook­ing and eat­ing biryani near the stairs in front of the univer­sity’s ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing.

The in­ci­dent al­legedly took place on June 27 when stu­dents, hold­ing a night long protest against the Vice Chan­cel­lor, stayed at the ad­min­is­tra­tion block and cooked food.

While three stu­dents — Chepal Sherpa, Amir Ma­lik and Man­ish Ku­mar — have been fined Rs 6,000 each, former JNU Stu­dents’ Union gen­eral sec­re­tary Satarupa Chakraborty has been fined Rs 10,000.

Chakraborty was also pun­ished un­der another clause for “lead­ing the protest demon­stra­tion along with slo­gan shout­ing against Vice-Chan­cel­lor, ad­min­is­tra­tion and Pro­fes­sor Atul Johri, and sit­ting in­side the V-C’s of­fice even af­ter re­peated re­quests from CSO (Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer) and se­cu­rity per­son­nel to stop”.

“In the proc­to­rial en­quiry, you have been found guilty of be­ing in­volved in cook­ing food (biryani) near the stairs in front of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Build­ing and eat­ing it there­after along with other stu­dents. This act is se­ri­ous in na­ture, un­be­com­ing of a stu­dent of JNU and calls for strict dis­ci­plinary ac­tion,” the Chief Proc­tor, Kaushal Ku­mar, said in a cir­cu­lar is­sued to the stu­dents on Novem­ber 8.

Call­ing it a “se­ri­ous act”, univer­sity au­thor­i­ties have asked Chakraborty to de­posit the fine within 10 days of the is­su­ing of the no­tice.

The au­thor­i­ties also warned stu­dents “to be care­ful and not to get in­volved in such in­ci­dents in fu­ture”.

Re­spond­ing to the in­ci­dent, Chakraborty said, “Is a univer­sity proc­tor’s of­fice here to mon­i­tor who is cook­ing and eat­ing what? Since when is seek­ing an ap­point­ment to meet the V-C or shout­ing slo­gans against him a crime? Is this how the ‘dis­cre­tionary power’ is sup­posed to be ex­er­cised where stu­dent union mem­bers would be kept out of any di­a­logue with the univer­sity au­thor­ity?”

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