JNU students, who have been served show-cause notice to explain their alleged role in the controversial February 9 event, have decided to “not accept” the report of a university probe panel.
It was decided at the JNU Students’ Council meeting.
A member of the council said the inquiry report is based on an unfair probe process and hence they refused to accept its findings.
On March 14, show-cause notices were served to 21 students in which they were asked to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them after the high-level committee of the university found them guilty of “violating university norms and discipline rules”.
These 21 students include Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, JNU students’ union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Sharma.
Reports say the panel has recommended rustication of five students including Kanhaiya Kumar, as well as Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya , both of whom are facing sedition charges.
While Kanhaiya was released on bail from Tihar on March 3 while Umar and Anirban are still in judicial custody.
The final “quantum of punishment” for the students will be decided on the basis of response to the notices.
The report of the five-member panel, which was submitted on March 11, has pointed out lapses on part of the students as well as the administration.
Taking into account the role of outsiders in the controversial event, the university panel has found Umar and Anirban “guilty” of arousing communal, caste or regional feeling or creating disharmony among students.
During the event, various slogans were shouted including — Hindustan ki barbadi tak jang rahegi, Kashmir ki azadi tak, jang rahegi, jang rahegi ; Bharat ko ragda, de ragda, zor se ragdo, de ragda and Go India, go back.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police on March 16 told a court in Delhi that Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya organised the February 9 event on the campus while Kanhaiya Kumar was not its organiser.