New Delhi: The administration of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has written letters to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan alleging that two MPs violated Delhi High Court orders and the varsity’s rules and regulation. (Also read: Court Pulls up Police For Filing Chargesheet Without Legal Approval in JNU Sedition Case) Also Read - JNU Should be Renamed as Swami Vivekananda University, Demands BJP General Secretary
According to ANI, the letters read, “JNUTA (teachers association of the varsity) had invited Manoj Jha (RJD) and Jitendra Choudhury (CPM) for a protest on campus, which is their democratic right. What is shocking is that JNUTA office-bearers misled and brought them to protest at administration building which has been prohibited by the high court for any kind of protest.” Also Read - Swami Vivekananda's Statue in JNU Will Inspire And Energize Everyone: PM Modi
Also, present at the meeting was Congress MP L Hanumanthaiah, said reports. Also Read - JNU Campus to Get Life-size Statue of Swami Vivekananda, PM Modi to Unveil it on Nov 12
The protest meeting was to resist dilution of reservations in public education. Expressing “considerable distress”, the university said its rules do not permit holding any form of protest within 100 metres of administrative and academic buildings.
“The high court, while declaring that no protest or dharna can be held within the 100 meters of administrative and academic buildings, had also directed the university to designate a suitable place in the campus for this purpose, which the JNU administration had promptly done and informed the court as well as the JNU community including teachers and students,” the letter added.
“We do believe that had the MPs been informed by JNUTA of this court order and university rules, they would have refrained from joining the JNUTA protest at the Administration Building of JNU today. We regret the fact that the MPs were used by JNUTA office bearers, who themselves are senior faculty members of JNU, to lead the protest in a prohibited area bringing them into the bad light,” the letter said.
The letter has sought guidance from Naidu and Mahajan on the issue.
The administration had reportedly written to L Hanumanthaiah before the protest, urging him not to address the meeting as the venue falls in the prohibited area but he was present at the meeting.
Reacting to the letter, Hanumanthaiah said those who were not in line with the accepted thought process were being targeted. He also congratulated the JNU community for raising their voice despite being labelled “anti-national”.
“The high court order prohibiting protests only applies to students and not teachers. We had gone there to speak against the 13-point roster which is discriminatory in nature. This government wants to end sub-altern views,” he said.