New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday rusticated three students, including Sayed Umar Khalid, for varying durations and fined a group of others including its student union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

The disciplinary action comes almost two and a half months after some of these students organised an event in the university campus in New Delhi, where some students allegedly raised anti-national slogans.

A police case of sedition was registered against some of these students, including Kumar.

JNU students union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were later arrested on charges of sedition and are out on bail now.

A disciplinary committee set up by the university found several of these students guilty of indiscipline and pronounced action against these students.

The charges on Khalid are of a very serious nature and “unbecoming of a student of JNU and calls for stringent action against him," the university proctor said in a statement.

“The vice chancellor in exercise of the powers vested in him...has ordered that Mr Sayed Umar Khalid be rusticated for the following semester only (monsoon semester 2016-17) and has also imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000. He is directed to deposit the fine by 13 May 2016 and show the proof thereof to this office, failing which the hostel facility will be withdrawn with immediate effect and further registration will not be allowed," the proctor’s office order addressed to Khalid said.

While Khalid, a research student, was rusticated for one semester, Mujeeb Gattoo, another student, was rusticated for two semesters. Bhattacharya, also a research student, has been rusticated till 15 July.

Starting 25 July, Bhattacharya, according to the order, will have to stay away or “out of bound from JNU campus for five years".

It means Bhattacharya will not be able to pursue any course or participate in any campus activity for the next five years.

Besides the rustications, nearly a dozen other students have been fined up to Rs. 20,000 each.

JNU student union president Kumar was fined Rs. 10,000.

After the order, Kumar promised to fight the battle and come out clean. “When oppression is your privilege, protest is our right. They are free to use their all repressive tool but we will fight back and will win," he said on Twitter. He said the university has taken unilateral decisions without listening to the students properly.

Before the university action, a “high level enquiry committee" said after “studying the facts it is the considered view of the committee that acts of indiscipline were committed and certain norms were violated by the organisers of the event. ...there was a deliberate attempt to mislead the administration... it is most unfortunate that the organisers allowed the event to be taken over by a group of outsiders who created a charged atmosphere by raising provocative slogans. This act...has brought disrepute to the entire JNU community," the committee report said, a copy of which has been reviewed by Mint.

“JNUSU rejects the punishment handed down by the administration on the basis of a farcical committee," Kumar said on Twitter.

PTI contributed to the story.

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