Afzal Guru row: JNU panel finds 21 students guilty, fine reduced for few

There was, however, no clarity on who all have benefited with reduction of penalty.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 9:18 pm
JNU, Afzal guru, Afzal guru row, JNU afzal guru, Afzal guru event JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this year because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

The appellate authority which heard the appeals of the 21 JNU students who were penalised in connection with the controversial February 9 event has found all of them guilty of indiscipline even as the financial penalty imposed on some of them has been reduced.

“The panel has found guilty the 21 students who were penalised in connection with the February 9 event. The punishments still stand but fines imposed on few students have been reduced. Fresh letters informing the decision have been issued to students,” a source said.

There was, however, no clarity on who all have benefited with reduction of penalty. In the light of the recommendation of the High Level Enquiry Committee and subsequently the recommendation of the panel constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the university had yesterday informed that the Vice Chancellor has come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students.

JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this year because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Three students including the students union president Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.

The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action. Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.

JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.

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    ak dev
    Aug 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm
    JNU is a worthless U.
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    1. Venkatraman Shenoy
      Aug 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm
      The students were instigated to work against the unity and integrity of the nation by a section of commie faculty. These communists too must be dismissed from service.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now, the courts too should commence hearings in various cases, which were stalled due to the University's own inquiries. Kanhaiya and other anti-national leaders must face the law without any further loss of time.
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        Dev Verma
        Aug 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm
        Indian law stinks, everytime bloody "usko rahat daydi,isko rahat daydi" is this a law ? there should severe punishment to spread clear message that who breaks the law,law will break him in pieces, why light punishment ? why not rusticate from jnu to convey others that shouting slogan against country from educational insutions will not be tolerated and NO POLITICAL person will be allowed inside the premises.
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          Indian_Abroad
          Aug 23, 2016 at 9:48 pm
          I agree it is frustrating for people with national pride.
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            Indian_Abroad
            Aug 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm
            Kick them out of JNU. lt;br/gt;Those are students in their 30s and 40s. Haven't done anything in their life besides being anti-national.
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