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Delhi High Court set-aside JNU Disciplinary Action against Kanhaiya & 14 other students accused of sedition, anti-national slogan in Feb. 9 event



New Delhi, Oct. 12, 2017 : The High Court of Delhi on Thursday set aside the disciplinary action taken by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration against 15 of the university’s students, including former JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, in a sedition case in connection with the February 9 event last year in the varsity on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

 

Justice V Kameswar Rao said the Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) orders imposing varying punishments on the students was issued without following the principles of natural justice, as they were given limited time to inspect the records based on which the punitive actions were taken.

 

Justice V.K. Rao remanded the issue back to JNU to be decided afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them.

 

The court sent the matter back to the varsity's appellate authority, the Vice Chancellor, to be decided afresh after giving two days to each student to inspect the records and one week to file an appeal against the penalties imposed on each of them.

 

Thereafter, the appellate authority shall hear each of the students and subsequently, after considering the appeals filed by them, "pass a reasoned order as expeditiously as possible", preferably within six weeks from the date of hearing, the court said in its judgement.

 

The court told JNU’s appellate authority to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students, who also included Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, that the varsity did not give them due opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline.

 

The appellate authority had rusticated Umar from JNU for one semester, while Bhattacharya was rusticated till July 15, 2016 and then declared out of bounds from the entire varsity campus from July 25, 2016 for a period of five years.

 

Kanhaiya was slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for being part of the February 9, 2016 event on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

 

Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya were earlier arrested in sedition case in connection with the February 9 event.They were later granted bail in the case in which charge sheet has not yet been filed.

 

 

 



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