The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) disciplinary action against its 15 students, including its former JNU Student’s Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar has been set aside by the Delhi High Court on Thursday. The disciplinary action was taken against a controversial anti- national campaign conducted in the campus last year on 9 February.
The matter was remanded back to the JNU by Justice VK Rao to decide the matter afresh by also.allowing the students to inspect the records and give them an opportunity of hearing.
The court has further asked the JNU’s appellate authority to pass a well reasoned order within the time frame of six weeks after hearing the students, including Umair Khalid and Ariban Bhattacharya. The court further pointed out that the university has not provided them the opportunity to defend themselves against the charges levied against them i.e, indiscipline.
The punishment given to students which includes rustication for few semesters and withdrawal from hostel has also been challenged by the students in their plea.
University’s appellate authority has rusticated Umair Khalid till December, 2017 whereas Ariban Bhattacharya has been asked to stay out of campus for 5 years.
The main accused Kanhaiya Kumar, Umair Khalid and Ariban Bhattacharya were arrested for sedition after their campaign and anti-national slogan in JNU campus against the hanging of Afzal Guru, parliament attack convict. However, they have been later released on bail but till date there has no charge sheet filed by the police in the alleged case.
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