Acting as if he was not a student anymore, JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar burnt the copy of the action taken report against him and others in the Afzal Guru controversy, in the university campus.
He called the report that fined him Rs 10,000 as “casteist.”
“We don’t believe the committee nor the penalties imposed, which is why we will burn the report. The people targeted aren’t being given a chance to express their stand,” he said.
“Since this is subjudice, what is the hurry? Also the committee report said outsiders raised slogans, then why punish the insiders? VC was on leave and on his return first thing he did was this, but he is not addressing hostel issues, OBC reservation, deprivation point,” he added.
According to Kanhaiya, the JNU administration is being run from phone calls coming from outside.
The action against Kanhaiya and others come after a probe panel set up by the JNU found them guilty of “misconduct” and “indiscipline”.
For the controversial February 9 event, the committee had also rusticated JNU students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb. Khalid and Bhatacharya will lose a semester of their academic session while Gatto has been suspended for two semesters.
Khalid, Bhattacharya and Gatto were found guilty of staging a protest demonstration under the pretext of holding a poetry reading of “A Country Without a Post Office”, the chief proctor said. Khalid was also fined Rs 20,000, the order said.
The committee found Umar and Anirban guilty of triggering communal violence and disrupting communal harmony on campus.
JNU authorities have also made the campus out of bounds for two former students — Banojyotsana Lahiri and Draupadi. In addition, hostel facilities of Ashutosh Kumar and Komal Mohite have been withdrawn for a year and till July 21 respectively.
However, defiant JNU students have asserted that they will not pay fine and vacate hostels as ordered by the university and will go on an indefinite hunger strike from April 27 demanding withdrawal of orders.