Umar Khalid’s rustication and a fine of Rs 10,000 imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar has been upheld by the high-level inquiry committee. They were punished in connection with the February 9, 2016 incident against Afzal Guru’s hanging during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised in the campus.
Saurabh Sharma, from the ABVP, who had raised objection to the event in 2016, hailed the probe panel’s decision which made Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection with the controversial event and are out on bail.
The students moved to Delhi High Court which made appellate authority to review the panel’s decision. Sources have said that the penalty has also been reduced for some students like Ashutosh Kumar is now supposed to pay only the fine and will be allowed to continue staying in the hostel. Some of which are no longer JNU students so the punishment won’t apply to them.
Permissions were given to alleged students to inspect the documents and videos of evidences during the review proceedings of the panel and were also given an opportunity to appear before the appellate authority to present their defence.
Sucheta De, the National President, All India Students Association (AISA) said, “Even after over two years, Delhi Police has not been able to file charge sheet in the sedition case. This witch-hunting of students in name of the high-level enquiry committee is nothing but part of an anti-JNU campaign which the students will not accept. “