HLEC Rusticates Umar, Anirban; Fines Kanhaiya, Others


Photo from the JNU solidarity march in February

Monday, 25 April 2016: The Office Order No. 143/CP/2016 released by  the Office of Chief Proctor today declared Syed Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya guilty of several counts, including that of “arousing communal, caste or regional feeling or creating disharmony among students.” Umar has been rusticated for Monsoon Semester 2016-2017 and given a fine of Rs. 20,000. Anirban, on the other hand, has been rusticated “till 15 July 2016 and then declared out of bounds from the entire JNU campus w.e.f. 25 July 2016 for a period of 5 years.”

Kanhaiya Kumar, JNUSU President, has been given a fine of Rs. 10,000.

Chintu Kumari, Former JNUSU General Secretary (AISA); Rama Naga, JNUSU General Secretary (AISA); Anant Prakash Narayan, Former JNUSU Vice President (AISA); Aishwarya Adhikari, GSCASH Representative (DSF); Gargi Adhikari, SIS Councillor (DSF) have each been fined Rs. 20,000 which has to deposited by 13 May 2016, ” failing which the hostel facility will be withdrawn with immediate effect and further registration will not be allowed.”

Sources reported that Joint Secretary Saurabh Sharma (ABVP) has also been slapped with a fine, though this could not be confirmed.

JNUSU has called for an all-organisation meeting in order to take a unified position on the matter. Since the office order’s release this evening, students and teachers have been expressing their discontent and anger at the decision on social media.

Aishwarya Adhikari wrote that she was deeply disturbed and appalled to learn about her fine via media groups when she should have received notification from the administration first. Adhikari’s name was not mentioned anywhere in the HLEC report earlier.

Umar Khalid accused the administration of becoming a stooge of RSS, and expressed amazement at  the fact that two ex-students who have been declared out of bounds were in fact never summoned during the enquiry.

Ayesha Kidwai, a professor at Centre of Linguistics, said that JNU teachers will not let perverted processes become the norm of this university. “Our stake is even larger than the students in ensuring that illegal unfair enquiries not be the basis on which the university functions. JNUTA has already rejected the process”, she acknowledged.

Written by an Informer Correspondent.
Photo by Revati Kulkarni, an M.A. student at CFFS.


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