The Delhi High Court Thursday extended the protection granted to some students, including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, against Jawaharlal Nehru University’s order holding them guilty of indiscipline in connection with the February 9 on campus.
The disciplinary action ordered against them by the university’s appellate authority will not be implemented till the next hearing on September 28.
“The protection will be there,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said after the JNU counsel sought time to file additional documents and affidavits on the petitions filed by students, who have challenged their punishments.
As of now, JNU has filed a short affidavit showing the various showcause notices issued to Khalid and Bhattacharya to appear before the disciplinary committee. The university has opposed the plea filed by the students, who said they had been penalised
without being given a proper hearing. However, the counsel, sought time to file “additional documents” to support their stand.
Khalid and Anirban have been rusticated for their role in the February 9 event where “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised, while hostel facilities have been withdrawn for Komal Mohite and Mujeeb Gattoo. Another student, Ashutosh Kumar, has been suspended for two academic sessions. JNU authorities are yet to file their responses to the pleas filed by the latter.
The counsel also assured the court that the university will not take any action against the students for now.