JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been charged with sedition following a row at the Jawaharla Nehru University (JNU) campus, has refuted the reports that he had received expulsion warning from the university. Raising five demands, including the resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, he led an ‘Azaadi’ protest march in Delhi.
Kanhaiya said, “I have been issued a show-cause notice which doesn’t have any mention of rustication. I have been asked to respond by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.
“We want the resignation of Smriti Irani, dropping of sedition charges, the release of two students from jail, no interferences in the university’s autonomy and a law against caste politics in colleges,” said Mr. Kumar.
Based on the inquiry committee’s report, notices have been sent to 21 students including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
In the showcause notice, the university has accused students of “violating the university’s rules and norms” and asked them to give their explanation.
Sources, however, said a decision on the recommendation by the panel will be taken by Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and Chief Proctor A Dimri after a thorough scrutiny of the suggestions.
A meeting of the university’s top brass chaired by the Vice Chancellor yesterday discussed the report following which the varsity issued show-cause notice to 21 students including Kanhaiya and Umar, who were found guilty of having violated university rules and discipline norms.
The committee was formed on February 10 to probe the event organised to protest hanging of Afzal Guru, the Parliament attack convict. Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban were arrested on charges of sedition in connection with the programme. Kanhaiya was released on bail from Tihar on March 3 while Umar and Anirban are still in judicial custody.
The university had on March 11 revoked the academic suspension of eight students including Kanhaiya after completion of the probe by the five-member panel. It was decided to keep them under suspension from academic activities till the inquiry was over. However, they were allowed to stay in the hostels.