Delhi HC sets aside JNU’s move to penalise Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside Jawaharlal Nehru University’s move to penalise the former students union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar for breach of discipline in connection with the 2016 incident. 

The Court said  “JNUs order against Kanhaiya Kumar is illegal, irrational and irregular.”

Besides this, the Court asked the University to decide matter after a proper hearing.

A panel of the university imposed fine on Kanhaiya in connection with a 2016 incident in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at an event.

Kumar had filed a plea through advocate Tarannum Cheema and Harsh Bora in which he sought quashing of a notification issued by high-level enquiry of the university.

Last year in October, the Delhi High Court had dismissed a JNU appellate order in which disciplinary action was sought against 15 students for their involvement in organising an event condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack, inside the university campus.

The incident had triggered a massive row prompting Delhi Police to arrest Kanhaiya and Umar for their role in organising the event.

The two were among others who were charged with sedition and sent to prison.

During the event, several students allegedly raised anti-national slogans.

Following the incident Kumar, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were held in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection and are out on bail.


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