New Delhi, July 20: The Delhi High Court has set aside Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) decision to penalise former students union president Kanhaiya Kumar for breach of discipline. Calling the varsity’s order “illegal, irrational and irregular,” the court asked JNU to take a decision on the matter after a proper hearing. (Also read: Kanhaiya Kumar Arrested For Posing as Director in PMO) Also Read - Handover Management of Oxygen Tankers to IITs, IIMs: Delhi HC Raps Centre Over O2 Crisis
On July 5, a high-level inquiry committee of JNU had imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kanhaiya for allegedly raising anti-national slogans inside the college premises in February 2016. The slogans were allegedly raised at the event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging. Kanhaiya, a member of the Communist Party of India’s student’s wing, was then president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union. Also Read - 'We Mean Business': High Court Directs Centre to Supply 490 MT Oxygen to Delhi Today or Face Action
The five-member panel had also imposed a financial penalty on 13 other JNU students for violation of disciplinary norms. Kanhaiya had moved the high court on July 17, seeking direction to quash JNU’s office order. A high-level panel of JNU had recommended that another student, Umar Khalid, be rusticated over the incident. Besides, a fine was imposed on 13 other students. Kanhaiya, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection with the controversial event and now are out on bail. Also Read - If Anyone Obstructs Supply, Will Hang Them: Delhi High Court Amid Acute Oxygen Shortage
In October last year, the Delhi High Court had set aside the disciplinary action against the students. Justice VK Rao sent back the issue to Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) to be decided again after the accused students go through the records. The Delhi Police had also denied reports that a clean chit was given to Kanhaiya Kumar after the investigation in the sedition case against him.