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


New Delhi, July 19: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed  Jawaharlal Nehru University not to take any coercive action against the student-activist Umar Khalid till July 20. 

The court also issued a notice to JNU and others seeking reply on the plea.

Khalid had approached the court challenging order passed by JNU through its chief proctor on July 4.

He was rusticated and fined by a university panel in connection with February 9, 2016, when several students allegedly raised anti-national slogans during an event.

Yesterday the court ordered JNU not to take any coercive step against the former students union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar till Friday (July 20).

Justice Siddharth Mridul’s order came while hearing Khalid’s plea challenging the university’s order which has imposed a fine against him.

Khalid’s advocate told the court that former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar has also moved the court and his matter is listed for Friday for further hearing.

Kumar in his plea has sought quashing of the order issued by JNU through its Chief Proctor on July 4.

The varsity following July 4’s order held Kumar and others guilty under clause of Discipline and Proper Conduct of Students of JNU and imposed fine on them.

The order has been issued on the basis of a high-level enquiry panel report.

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.

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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