The Telegraph
Thursday , October 12 , 2017
CIMA Gallary

High Court sets aside JNU steps against Kanhaiya, others

Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid celebrate after their release from jail in March last year. File picture

New Delhi, Oct. 12 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside the disciplinary action taken by JNU against 15 of its students, including former JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial campus event on February 9 last year.

Justice V.K. Rao remanded the issue back to Jawaharlal Nehru University, telling it to decide it afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them.

Kanhaiya and two others had been arrested on sedition charges after reports that anti-national slogans had been raised at the campus event, organised to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2001 Parliament attack case.

The court told JNU's appellate authority to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students, including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the two others facing sedition charges.

The students had said the university did not give them an opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline.

The students had also challenged their punishment, which ranges from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities.

JNU’s appellate authority had rusticated Umar from JNU till December this year, while Bhattacharya was asked to be out of the varsity for five years.

Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya were later granted bail in the case. The charge sheet has not yet been filed.


 More stories in India

  • Allahabad High Court acquits Talwars in daughter Aarushi's murder case
  • Himachal assembly polls on Nov 9; date for Gujarat later but before Dec 18
  • Cash for rape, acid victims: HC knocks down Maharashtra plan for FDs
  • Sex with child bride is rape
  • Central panel on hill talks
  • Hike for professors, Delhi cuts state slice
  • Sinha bells the morality cat
  • Madhepura plant rolls
  • Sinha: BJP off moral perch
  • CM poll show from Oct. 21
  • Gurgaon raid nets gangster
  • Sangh lights a 'Hindu sentiment' cracker
  • Urgent hearing appeal
  • Cong mocks Shah on Amethi trip
  • RSS veteran leads protest against BJP
  • Apex court hints at living will
  • Bangalore potholes kill 4 in 9 days
  • Finger at road rage in engineer murder
  • Ayush new boss
  • Kher to head film institute
  • Scindia clue on voter list
  • Stem cell therapy for select diseases
  • Catchy slogans not enough: SC
  • SC raps govt for waving child marriage 'reality'
  • Solar scam probe on Chandy
  • 'A rapist is a rapist' even if husband
  • Secular law to prevail
  • AAP rolls out Metro hike protests
  • Jadhav case judge
  • Draft for progressive uniform civil code