JNU rusticates Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya

The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday rusticated Umar Khalid and two other students for varying duration and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.
JNU rusticates Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday rusticated Umar Khalid and two other students for varying duration and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

The varsity passed the order on the recommendations of the High Level Enquiry Committee formed in connection with the February 9 event on the campus against Afzal Guru's hanging.

"Umar was rusticated for one semester, another student leader Anirban Bhattacharya till July 15 and Mujeeb Gattoo for two semesters. As per decision, Bhattacharya has been barred from pursuing any course in JNU for next 5 years," reported The Indian Express.

The campus has been made out of bounds for two former students — Banojyotsana Lahiri and Draupadi — while hostel facilities have been withdrawn for Ashutosh Kumar for a year and Komal Mohite till July 21.

The committee, constituted by the university to probe the February 9 event, found ABVP member Sourabh Sharma, who had objected to the event, "guilty" of blocking traffic on the day of the event and penalised him with Rs 20,000.

"Based on the report of the high-level committee which arrived at its conclusion based on depositions, perusal of video clips (provided by JNU Security and authenticated by forensic tests), and examination of documents on record, the university has decided to rusticate three students," a senior university official said.

"While Anirban Bhattacharya has been rusticated till 15 July, he will not be able to pursue any course or participate in any activity on campus for next five years, Umar Khalid has been rusticated for one semester and Mujeeb Gattoo for two semesters," the official said.

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