Delhi High Court has denied interim relief to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and issued a notice today to Jawaharlal Nehru University over pleas filed by them, challenging their rustication over a controversial event held in the memory of Afzal Guru on the campus earlier this year.
Khalid and Bhattacharya had approached the court against the rustication order and ₹ 20,000 fine imposed against Khalid. The university took the action on April 25 after a probe panel set up by the varsity administration found them guilty of “misconduct” and “indiscipline”. They were arrested along with JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in February on the charges of sedition.
The JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA), university alumni and mothers residing in the campus have also come out in solidarity with the students on indefinite hunger strike against Khalid and Kumar’s punishment, by going on a one-day relay hunger strike on different days.