In what is a new twist to the JNU Issue that has been going on for the last two months, the organisers of the February 9 event, Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya are likely to be rusticated from the university for a period of two to five years.
According to a report in India Today, the students, along with two others; will be removed from the JNU for two semesters and are likely to face a fine of Rs. 10,000.
Additionally, 21 other students involved in organising the February 9 event in support of Afzal Guru, underwent inquiry by an internal committee in the University and are most likely to be suspended for this semester. These 21 students include former JNUSU president Ashutosh, former JNUSU vice-president Anant, present general secretary Rama Naga.
The university is also expected to act against JNUSU joint-secretary and AVBP leader Saurabh Sharma, who has accused Kanhaiya and others of conducting an ‘anti-national’ event on campus and added to the drama.
Earlier, the JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested a couple of days after the event on sedition charges and on February 23, Umar and Anirban surrendered to the police. Now out on bail, the three continue to face charges of sedition.
South Report strongly believes that such students, who are beneficiaries of the Indian system, have no right to talk against the country in support of a terrorist and also believes that the decision taken by JNU to rusticate them is a right one.