JNU to “once again rusticate” Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya


Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar is likely to be rusticated along with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, say several media reports.

All three students were charged with sedition earlier this year and were released on condition.

Quoting sources, a report said that Kumar with Khalid and Bhattacharya, two of the organisers of 9 February event, and two others are likely to face rustication for two semesters under Statute 32(5) of the university while the others will be let off with “comparatively lighter punishment”.

Each student will be informed about the punishment this week before the exams begin.

This is the second time in as many months that reports of their possible rustication have emerged.

In March, days after reports suggested that the JNU probe panel had recommended their expulsion, the university had to issue a denial to media.

Quoting Chief Proctor Ashok Dimri, the news agency IANS reported, “It is not true. Not at all…,”

Dimri added, “What the panel has recommended is a different issue. I’ve just received the report and will review it when the time comes. The students have been issued show-cause notices in which there are different clauses. But the media reports are not true.”