The showcause notices issued to JNU students Anirban Bhattacharya, Umar Khalid and Ashutosh Kumar by university authorities has found them “guilty” of “arousing communal, caste or regional feeling” or “creating disharmony among students”.
The notices were issued after a High-Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC), which probed an event held in campus on February 9 where “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised, submitted its report to authorities last week.
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While Anirban and Umar have been found guilty on four counts, Ashutosh has been found guilty on three counts. Anirban and Umar have also been found guilty of “furnishing false certificates or false information in any manner to the university”.
On Monday, some students including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Rama Naga and Anant Prakash Narayan had received their showcause notices.
Kumar, Anirban and Umar had been arrested on sedition charges over the event. Kumar was released on bail on March 3 while the other two JNU students are still in judicial custody.
Besides “Arousing communal, caste or regional feeling or creating disharmony among students”, all three have been accused of “causing or colluding in the unauthorised entry of any person into the campus…,” and “Any other act which may be considered by the Vice-Chancellor or any other competent authority to be an act of violation of discipline and conduct…”
Meanwhile, JNUSU joint secretary and ABVP leader Saurabh Sharma was also issued a showcause notice. Sharma claimed he had received a showcause notice for “stopping a DTC bus and hindering traffic” on February 9.
As many as 21 students from various student organisations including Shweta Raj and Chintu Kumari from AISA, Aishwarya Adhikari and Gargi Adhikari from DSF and some former DSU members, including Reyal Ul Haq, have been issued showcause notice for “violating norms”.