New Delhi, Nov 10: A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student was fined Rs 6,000 for cooking and eating biryani near the Administrative Block in the campus. Three other students of the JNU were also slapped with fines ranging between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 for being involved in the ‘serious act’. The administration has given a deadline of 10 days for paying the fine, failing which more stringent action would be taken.
In an official order, issued by the Chief Proctor, Kaushal Kumar, the JNU administration said, “In the proctorial enquiry you have been found guilty of being involved in cooking food (biryani) near the stairs in front of the Administrative Building and eating it thereafter along with other students… This act is serious in nature, unbecoming of a student of JNU and calls for strict disciplinary action.”
Three students — Chepal Sherpa, Amir Malik and Manish Kumar — have been fined Rs 6,000 each, former JNU Students’ Union general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty has been fined Rs 10,000. “Rs 6000 fine imposed on a student, he was involved in cooking Biryani near the stairs in front of Administrative building on 27th June and eating it thereafter along with other students. This act is serious in nature,” the JNU said about student Amir Malik.
The incident reportedly happened on the June 27, when the then JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and Satrupa Chakraborty had gone to the vice-chancellor’s office to discuss some issues. When they couldn’t meet the V-C, decided to camp outside the administrative block the entire night. This is when they were joined by other students and cooked biryani.
To penalise the students, the order invoked a clause in JNU rules that deal with any act that may be considered by the vice-chancellor or any other competent authority to be violation of discipline and conduct, reported PTI. “Does a university proctor office run to monitor who cooks and eats Biryani in a residential campus like the JNU where such activities are well-cherished practice, part of the culture and helped build up a community bonding among students coming from all accross the country,” Chakraborty was quoted as saying.
In 2012, the JNU administration had suspended a student and served show-cause notices to three others for planning to hold a beef and pork festival. The Delhi High Court, in September 2012, had directed both the JNU administration and police to ensure that no beef and pork festival was held at the campus. The court, while referring to Delhi Agricultural Cattle Prevention Act, 1994, said that such food festivals should not be allowed. The food festival plan had even triggered protests from ABVP and other student groups.