In his deposition before the high-level inquiry committee set up to probe the controversy following the February 9 event at JNU, Registrar Bupinder Zutshi said students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar knew about the event, according to sources.
The registrar told the committee that Kanhaiya, general secretary Rama Naga and joint secretary Saurabh Kumar met him at about 3 pm on February 9 to discuss details related to a bus for differently-abled students on campus, said the sources.
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“Saurabh Kumar took the registrar to a corner and told him that the particular event was going to be organised and that the ABVP would protest it. When the registrar asked the other two if they knew such an event was being organised, Kanhaiya said they were aware of the event but were not the ones organising it,” added the sources.
According to the sources, Zutshi then called the security officer and told him not to allow the event to be held.
“He then called the Vice Chancellor to apprise him of the situation. At 4.30 pm, he received a call from a particular number. The caller claimed he was Kanhaiya and wanted to know why he had cancelled the event. The registrar told him that he wasn’t the one with the authority to withdraw permission, and handed over the phone to the Dean of Students, who told the caller that permission had been withdrawn,” said the sources.