Updated: November 21, 2016 11:01:05 am
The JNU administration has sent a showcause notice to ABVP activist Vikrant Kumar after finding him guilty of “hitting” missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad on the night of October 14, a day before he went missing from the campus.
While the chief proctor is yet to submit his final report into the incident, the ABVP dismissed the allegations.
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The notice by the chief proctor on November 7 read, “In the proctorial enquiry, you (Vikrant Kumar) have been found to be involved in hitting Mr Najeeb Ahmad and using derogatory language with provocative behaviour on October 14 in Mahi Mandavi Hostel. This is an act of indiscipline and misconduct.”
It gave him seven days to respond on why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. Speaking to The Indian Express, Vikrant dismissed allegations that he had hit Najeeb.
“The final report is yet to come. This is only the preliminary notice, which the administration gave under pressure from JNUSU and JNUTA. We met the Rector asking how I can be found guilty when there is not a single eyewitness and I have not even said my side of the story,” said Vikrant.
Saurabh Sharma of the ABVP said, “Those who have deposed before the chief proctor against Vikrant and others want to communalise the issue. There should be a thorough enquiry into these eyewitnesses.”
Questioning the JNU administration for not making the report public yet, JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said, “In order to shield ABVP members, they are not making the report public. This report clearly says that he has been found guilty of hitting. Vikrant got seven days to reply. It has been more than that.”
Meanwhile, Najeeb’s family met UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday, and asked him to intervene in the matter.
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