New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Thursday set aside the disciplinary action taken by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration against 15 of the university’s students, including former JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial event on 9 February last year in the varsity.
Justice V.K. Rao remanded the issue back to JNU to be decided afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them.
The court told JNU’s appellate authority to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students, who also included Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, that the varsity did not give them due opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline.
The students in their pleas had also challenged their punishment, which ranges from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities. The appellate authority of the university had rusticated Umar from JNU till December this year, while Bhattacharya was asked to be out of the varsity for five years.
Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya were earlier charged with sedition and arrested in connection with the 9 February event.
They were later granted bail in the case; the chargesheet has not yet been filed.