No coercive steps against Kanhaiya till July 20: Delhi HC to JNU

Kanhaiya Kumar
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi, July 18: The Delhi High Court today ordered Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) not to take any coercive step against the former students union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar till Friday (July 20).

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.

Justice Rekha Palli’s order came while hearing Kumar’s plea challenging the university’s order which has slapped a fine against him.

As the bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul was on leave, Justice Rekha Palli deferred the matter till Friday for further hearing.

Kumar’s plea, filed through advocate Tarannum Cheema and Harsh Bora, has 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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