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JNU Panel recommends restrictions on Umar Khalid, Anirban and fines 21 other students

A high level internal inquiry committee, formed to investigate the February 9 incident where allegedly ‘anti-national’ slogans were shouted during an event organized for the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, has in its report recommended expulsion of two JNU students and applique of fines on at least 21 students.

JNU Panel recommends restrictions on Umar Khalid, Anirban and fines 21 other students

In the another move, Twenty-one JNU students were asked to provide a show-cause notice on Monday by the regime based on the findings of the high level internal inquiry committee which submitted its report to JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar last week.

The university administration said in a statement that as per the report, some students have been found to have broken the University’s rules and regulations. There are special provisions in the University rules to take action in such cases. The high level inquiry committee suggestions are based on the rules of discipline and proper conduct of JNU.

However, the administration didn’t clear it till now any information on the severity of punishment given to the concerned students, but according to the souces punishment may include ‘short term expulsion and fines’. The committee had sugested that Umar and Anirban be rusticated for one full semester while all the other students found violating university rules will be fined, said according to the source.

The five-member panel, formed on February 10 by the university not only became a centre of target for the JNU teachers association for not having a members belong to SC/ST community, but the decision to ‘arbitrarily’ suspend eight JNU students, six of them were charged with sedition, including Kanhaiya Kumar, had been condemn by the various faculty. It remains to be seen how the teachers association as well as JNU students, would react to the finding of the committee given the fact that arrests of Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban, turned into ‘student movement’ which supported by the senior political leaders of opposition parties.

In such another development, the Delhi police’s anti-terror, the special unit cell, also visited JNU campus to capture laptops and cell phone of two students namely Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhatacharya, who are currently in Tihar Jail. They were charged with sedition charges after they have surrended in front of Delhi Police. After that, Delhi police registered sedition charge F.I.R against them including JNU student president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Delhi Police said that they that had officially approached the university administration last week and informed it that we would be seize laptops and mobile phones of Umar and Anirban. When we had asked the duo about the same during the police interrogation they had told us that their laptops were in their respective rooms. Hence it was necessary to take the administration on board as the said items are required for the investigation, said a senior police official of the special cell.

The move  come a day before multiple protest in solidarity with Umar and Anirban are to be held. The duo,who are presently in prison, will face the court this week, after spending two weeks in judicial custody. Their counsel might likely to move a bail application as well.

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