HC sets aside dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Kan­haiya

The New Indian Express - - INDIA - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ New Delhi

THE 15 stu­dents who were found guilty by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) for al­legedly tak­ing part in the cer­e­mony to com­mem­o­rate the death an­niver­sary of ter­ror­ist Afzal Guru, have been given re­lief from all the dis­ci­plinary ac­tion rec­om­men­da­tions, by the Delhi High court on Thurs­day.

Af­ter the huge na­tion­wide con­tro­versy over vi­ral videos in which scores of stu­dents in­clud­ing the for­mer JNU Stu­dent Union (JNUSU) pres­i­dent Kan­haiya Ku­mar were al­legedly seen rais­ing anti-na­tional slo­gans, the univer­sity formed a High Level Com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter in 2016. The com­mit­tee found the 15 stu­dents guilty of rais­ing slo­gans and rec­om­mended ac­tions rang­ing from mone­tary penal­ties and putting stu­dents out of bounds.

Th­ese stu­dents also in­clude for­mer JNUSU vice pres­i­dent Shehla Rashid, MP D Raja’s daugh­ter Apara­jitha Raja, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhat­tacharya. The com­mit­tee re­port found that a group of stu­dent were shout­ing slo­gans such as “Pak­istan zind­abad” and “Bharat ki bar­badi tak jung ra­hegi (The fight will con­tinue till In­dia is ru­ined)” at the event or­gan­ised re­mem­ber­ing Guru, con­victed in the Par­lia­ment at­tacks. Act­ing on the com­plaint by BJP MP Ma­hesh Giri, an FIR of sedi­tion was reg­is­tered in the case, the stu­dent were ar­rested but were later granted bail.

Jus­tice V K Rao re­manded the is­sue back to the JNU to be de­cided afresh af­ter al­low­ing the stu­dents to in­spect the records and hear­ing them.

Kan­haiya Ku­mar

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