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JNU Students’ Union office bearers held guilty of contempt by HC

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JNU Students’ Union President Geeta Kumari, Vice President Simone Zoya Khan, General Secretary Duggirala Srikrishna and Joint Secretary Shubhanshu Singh were held guilty of contempt of court by the single bench of Justice V Kameswar Rao, on behalf of the petition filed by the University.
The Court imposed a fine of Rs. 2,000 on each of them.
The Delhi High Court on August 9 last year passed an order wherein it had allowed the students to protest, but did not allow any form of protest to be undertaken by the students within 100 meters radius of the administrative block. If students fails to honor that, the court gave the University the liberty to request the police authorities for assistance to maintain law and order in the campus. The police authorities could, however, act only on the evidence of obstruction to ingress/egress to the administrative building being provided by the authorities, which may be in the form of CCTV footage.
The students had raised an objection to the new attendance policy and the indefinite postponement of the Academic Council meeting. The announcement of the meeting being postponed indefinitely triggered protests from students near the administrative building. This prompted JNU to file a petition alleging that the students had violated the August 9 order.

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