Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) high level internal inquiry into the February 9 incident is over and the panel in its report has recommended rustication of at least two JNU students and imposition of fines on at least 21 others.
Based on the reports of JNU’s internal inquiry, these 21 students have also been served a show-cause notice while names of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, have been recommended for temporary rustication.
The findings was submitted to JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar last week and the action against the 21 students were taken on March 14.
The university administration in a statement on March 14 said:
“As per the report, some students have been found to have violated the University’s rules and norms. There are standard provisions in the University rules to take action in such cases. The high level inquiry committee recommendations are based on the rules of discipline and proper conduct of JNU”.
Though details about the magnitude of punishment is yet to be disclosed, there is a strong possibility that punishment may include short term rustication (suspension) and fines.
Reports about recommendation to rusticate Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for a full semester is also doing rounds.
The eight students who were recommended for suspension also include JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, and the decision to suspend him might again create a snowball effect, looking at the amount of support he and other students got after their arrest.
Meanwhile, even as Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, remain in Jail, Delhi Police has seized their laptops and mobile phone for their own enquiry into the sedation charges.
The Delhi Police said:
“We had officially approached the university administration last week and informed it that we would be needing laptops and mobile phones of Umar and Anirban. When we had asked the duo about the same during interrogation they had told us that their laptops were in their respective rooms. Hence it was imperative to take the administration on board as the said items are required for the ongoing investigation.”
The duo are also scheduled to face the court later this week, with their counsel likely seeking bail during that trial.