A fine of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on Kanhaiya. Umar and Anirban have been rusticated for one semester each while Gattoo has been rusticated for two semesters—JNU official
Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday fined student leader Kanhaiya Kumar Rs 10,000 and rusticated Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for a semester in connection with an on-campus event organised on February 9, where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
The three of them had been arrested, charged with sedition and sent to Tihar Jail, but are out on bail since last month.
The action against the students came after a high level inquiry committee found merit in the allegations. The committee also took action against 14 other students, including Mujeeb Gattoo, who were was present during the February 29 event.
“A fine of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on Kanhaiya. Umar and Anirban have been rusticated for one semester each while Gattoo has been rusticated for two semesters,” a senior university official was quoted as saying.
Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12, three days after the controversial event and around 10 days later, Umar and Anirban resurfaced on the varsity campus before surrendering to police, reports said.
“The incident on the JNU campus on 9 February 2016 involving some students to hold 'Poetry Reading' event on the theme 'A Country without a Post Office' did not have the approval of the administration and as it was alleged later some participants in the event indulged in objectionable sloganeering,” the university reportedly said in a statement.
Both Kanhaiya and Umar had argued before a Delhi court that they never raised any anti-national slogans and claimed that video footages showing them raising these slogans were "false and doctored".