Delhi High Court today on Friday put on hold the disciplinary action taken by JNU administration against students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Both students are accused of sedition in connection with a 9 February event, where allegedly anti-India slogans were chanted.
The High Court, according to PTI, has put on hold the JNU’s disciplinary action against them till their appeals against the decision are decided by the university’s appellate authority.
Justice Manmohan also granted the protection to both the students who have sought the same relief that was given on 13 May to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar and others, who too were slapped with disciplinary action by the university.
“This court is of the opinion that the petitioners (Khalid and Bhattacharya) are entitled to same order as passed by this court on May 13, 2016…,” the court said.
During the hearing today, the court clarified that if the appeals of the two students are rejected, then the appellate authority’s order would not be given effect for a period of two weeks.
While Khalid was rusticated for one semester and slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000, Bhattacharya was rusticated till 15 July and after July 23 he was barred from the university campus for five years.
Bhattacharya was only given a week between July 16-22 to complete his thesis.
The high court had on 13 May granted the relief to Kanhaiya and others after JNUSU had undertaken to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and not to indulge in any further agitation.