Delhi HC sets aside JNU disciplinary action against Kanhaiya Kumar and 14 others

Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya were earlier arrested in a sedition case in connection with the February 9 event on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 12, 2017 4:38 pm
jnu, kanhaiya kumar, umar khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, jnu sedition case, jnu afzal guru event, jnu students Former JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar. (File Photo)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside the disciplinary action taken by JNU against 15 of its students, including ex-JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial event on February 9 last year in the varsity.

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

The court told JNU’s appellate authority to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students, who also included Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, that the varsity did not give them due opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline.

The students in their pleas had also challenged their punishment, which ranges from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities.

The appellate authority of the university had rusticated Umar from JNU till December this year, while Bhattacharya was asked to be out of the varsity for five years.

Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya were earlier arrested in a sedition case in connection with the February 9 event on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

They were later granted bail in the case in which charge sheet has not yet been filed.

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    NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
    Oct 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm
    Whoever opposes the hanging of A. Guru is an absolute traitor. To say so is like saying 2 2 4. It is sad that unlike in other countries there are traitors in unexpected quarters in our country.
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      Onkar Singh
      Oct 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm
      Remember it was a case of miscarriage of Justice, Afzal Guru was hanged,but the saddest thing is that no Enquiry, either by the Parliamentarians nor a governmental Enquiry Commission was never cons uted to go to the depth of the attack on the Parliament, why? If Afzal Guru's name is attached to the incident,first the attack on the Parliament should be probed. Hanging of Afzal Guru, should have followed next. But what happened was wrong, the hanging took place first,but no Enquiry till has been done on the attack on Parliament. Enquiry Commission should be cons uted and the incident should be probed for the sake of arriving at the truth as to what really happened. Guru's hanging is a big question mark as to what really happened? To have a national debate is the right thing.
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      jk
      Oct 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm
      Jai Bihar!! Sirf bhakton ko chuu....yaaa banaya ja sakta hai,court ko nahi.This is the reason RSS never appreciated our grt Cons ution..Jai bheem
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      1. Rakesh Katyal
        Oct 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm
        Vijay Malaya was let off at least 10 times by various courts. Is it surprising that the lumpen elements get away ? Cheers to our justice system. Based on same evidence Talwar’s are prosecuted and then acquitted. But I must not go further lest I be charged for contempt.
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          mark
          Oct 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm
          BJP was facing the heat from Vemullas suicide at Hyderabad university. To take off the heat and change the narrative, BJP made JNU students scapegoats. And use this event as an opportunity to b ish their nationalistic credentials. Any time BJP is facing some heat they create a new faux event to change the narrative.
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          1. John Abram
            Oct 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm
            Police and government knew too well that all charges and evidences are fabricated yet they willingly slapped fake charges to mire those students into legal quagmire. The intention on part of police and government would have been twofold, 1, to warn others to refrain from such anti-govt acts, 2, to make those students suffer through legal process. This is an oft-repeated formula with all right-wing extremist governments.
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              dr.shanthakumar
              Oct 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm
              this must have been hanged in my opinion asw heis creating problems to the country.
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