Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Jawaharlal Nehru University to not take any action, including the penalty against JNU’s Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar till 19 September.
On Monday, JNU had been directed by Delhi High Court not to implement the order passed by its appellate authority for a week holding some students including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya guilty of indiscipline in connection with the controversial 9 February event. The direction came on pleas by Khalid and Bhattacharya, who were penalised along with 19 others, including Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, challenging the findings of the appellate authority.
Kanhaiya and seven other students had moved the high court against the order by the appellate authority. Their matters were mentioned before a bench of justices BD Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar which fixed the pleas for hearing on Tuesday.
Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were earlier arrested in a sedition case in connection with the 9 February event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised and they are now out on bail.
The 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on the basis of probe by the enquiry committee which had found them guilty of violation of disciplinary norms. They had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the probe panel’s recommendation which had lasted for 16 days.
As the varsity had refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students had moved the court challenging the action.
The high court, which had stayed the action against the students till their appeals were decided by the appellate authority, had directed JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and not launch any fresh agitation. JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear the appeals of students.
With PTI inputs.