‘JNU administration exposed’

Several Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students on Friday welcomed the decision of the Delhi High Court setting aside an order by the university’s appellate authority to impose a fine on its former students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, saying it exposed the administration’s witch-hunt.

Former JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) vice-president Shehla Rashid, who led the union when Mr. Kumar had been arrested, said that the HC had finally ensured that Mr. Kumar, Umar Khalid and a couple of other “sedition accused” students would be able to submit their Ph.D. theses on Monday.

Mohit Pandey, who took over as JNUSU president from Mr. Kanhaiya, said that the court had exposed the “fakery” of the JNU administration.

Rama Naga, former JNUSU general secretary, pointed out that the high-level panel that held the students guilty of violating disciplinary norms had been pulled up thrice by the court. “The panel has been proved as a farce for the third time and the punishment is termed as illegal, irrational and irregular by the HC, but JNU V-C still has faith in his committee to punish students,” he said.

Ayesha Kidwai, former president of the JNU Teachers’ Association, called the decision a victory. “Something very important was done to make this victory possible over two years ago, which played an important role in Justice Mridul’s verdict. That was the magisterial inquiry that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered into the February events of JNU. This inquiry showed the extent to which evidence was fabricated and JNU personnel lied in framing JNU students.”

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