JNU upholds rustication of Umar Khalid, fine on Kanhaiya Kumar for February 9 Afzal Guru event

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New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2018 3:33:20 PM

A high-level JNU inquiry committee today upheld the rustication of sedition accused Umar Khalid and Rs 10,000 fine slapped on Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with the February 9, 2016 event.

Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi High Court, Afzal GuruJNU upholds rustication of Umar Khalid, fine on Kanhaiya Kumar for February 9 Afzal Guru event

A high-level Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) inquiry committee today upheld the rustication of sedition accused PhD student Umar Khalid and Rs 10,000 fine slapped on former student union president Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with the February 9, 2016 event organised to commemorate Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, news agency PTI reported.

In 2016, the JNU panel had recommended rustication of Umar Khalid and two other students. The five-member panel had also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kanhaiya Kumar, the then students’ union president. Besides, it had slapped financial penalty on 13 other students for violation of disciplinary norms.

The students had then moved the Delhi High Court against the panel. The court had directed the university to place the matter before an appellate authority to review the panel’s decision.

In October last year, the court had rejected a JNU appellate order in which disciplinary action was sought against 15 students for their role in organising the February 9 event within the university premises where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. The incident had stoked a massive row with Delhi Police arresting Kanhaiya and Umar for their role in organising the event. The two were among others who were charged with sedition and sent to jail. Several students were caught on camera shouting slogans ‘Bharath tere tukde honge, Inshallah, Inshallah (India will break into pieces)’.

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