JNU Row: Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya approached HC which refuses to stay their rustication; asked University for response

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New Delhi: Yesterday, on 10th day of May, Tuesday, the honourable Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Jawaharlal Nehru University in connection with the petitions filed by the University’s students like Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, however, the court decided not to grant stay on the order which was passed by the University authorities.

The said two students were punished along with the other students who were allegedly involved in the event which was held in the memory of Parliament attack convict- Afzal Guru on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. The University authority rusticated these students after conducting the high- level enquiry.

The even being controversial allegedly, was involving the anti- national sloganeer and also the participants in the event allegedly termed the execution of the Parliament attached convict- Afzal Guru as ‘judicial killing’. The event was allegedly organised on 9th day of February, this year.

The court after admitting the pleas, decided not to grant the interim relief in favour of the JNU students, however, it has directed issuance of the notices against the Jawaharlal Nehru University and asked the university to file its response on the same along with all the relevant documents, including the said inquiry report.

The court’s judge hearing the plea, in his words said that “I have to ask for records. I have to see whether fair procedure was followed. I have to look into the facts. The matter requires consideration and decision can’t be taken overnight.”

As such the matter is posted by this High Court for the coming date of 30th day, this month. It was seen that the said students were rusticated and also Umar Khalid was asked to pay penalty of twenty thousands of rupees. The University’s investigating panel submitted reports and after which, the University authority decided to imposed strict action on 25th day of last month. The students were held guilty of ‘misconduct and indiscipline’.

Besides, such punishment from the side of University, the students and their leader were also booked and being tried for the charges of Sedition. Now they are out on bail.

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