New Delhi: The high-level inquiry committee of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday upheld the rustication of its student Umar Khalid and student leader-turned-politician Kanhaiya Kumar’s fine over the 2016 incident held at its campus.
The committee concluded that the decision to rusticate Khalid and slap a fine of Rs 10,000 against Kanhaiah will be upheld.
In 2016, JNU recommended Rs 10,000 fine on Kanhaiya Kumar for violating disciplinary norms and participating in pro-Afzal sloganeering at an event held in the college campus on February 9. Both Kanhaiya and Umar are PhD scholars at JNU or Jawaharlal Nehru University. Umar Khalid has also been fined Rs 20,000.
The students had then moved the Delhi High Court, which had directed the university to place the matter before an appellate authority to review the panel’s decision.
In October 2017, the Delhi High court had set aside a JNU appellate order in which disciplinary action was sought against 15 students of the university for organising an event condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack, on 9 February 2016.
Khalid allegedly organised the event and shouted anti-national slogans at the JNU campus on the day. The students were seen shouting the slogans of “Bharath tere tukde honge, Inshallah, Inshallah (India will break into pieces)”. Following the 9 February event, he was slapped with sedition charges.
The group also reportedly batted for the right to self-determination of Kashmir during the said meeting that took place at the JNU campus.
Kanhaiya Kumar, who was the President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, was arrested by Delhi Police within three days of the event.
On 26 April that year, the inquiry committee of the university found 21 students guilty of breaking the disciplinary norms of the campus.
Umar is accused of organising the controversial February 9 pro-Afzal event while Kanhaiya was accused of raising anti-national slogans during the event.
Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban were arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection with the controversial event. All the three students are currently out on bail.
The punishments were rejected by the JNU Students’ Union as well as the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA). The rusticated students moved Delhi High Court challenging their rustication by the university.