HC sets aside JNU's disciplinary action against students

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 13, 2017

In a relief to former JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kamar and 14 other students, the Delhi high court on Thursday set aside the disciplinary action taken against them by the university in connection with an event organised there in February previous year. Justice V K Rao remanded the issue back to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to be decided afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them.

Previous year the court had stayed the JNU order of disciplinary action against the students.

The disciplinary action taken by JNU has been set aside by the Delhi High Court on Thursday.

The students had contested that the JNU administration didn't give them the opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline. "It is also made clear in view of the undertaking given by the petitioners they shall not indulge in any strike or dharna or agitation or coercive action in future in connection with the issue, till such time the proceedings between the parties attain finality", added the court's order.

Ranging from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities, the students in their pleas had challenged their punishment.

JNU's appellate authority had been asked by the court to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students. Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya were earlier arrested in a sedition case in connection with the February 9 event on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

While the appellate authority had reduced the fine of some students, for Khalid and Bhattacharya, the punishment remained the same.

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