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Delhi court appearances: Arvind Kejriwal, Vijay Mallya and more made appearances in 2016

New Delhi: The year saw trial courts here dealing with high-profile cases involving Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and liquor baron Vijay Mallya while the attack on JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar by men in black robes also made news.

The image of the judiciary was dented when a woman judge was trapped by CBI for allegedly taking bribe for a deal in which her lawyer husband was also arrested.

Kumar, who was slapped with sedition charge for taking part in a controversial event in JNU campus where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, was roughed up by advocates inside the Patiala House court complex, with the incident leaving a black spot as Delhi Police failed to produce the student leader unharmed in the court.

Besides Kumar and some other students, sedition charge was also invoked against former Delhi University lecturer SAR Gilani, exonerated in the 2001 Parliament attack case, who was arrested for organising an event where too alleged anti-India slogans were raised days after the JNU incident.

The CBI was caught in a peculiar situation after top bureaucrat B K Bansal committed suicide along with his son just a month before his retirement, blaming the agency in the suicide note for harassing the family during investigation in the corruption case against him.

As the case was being heard in the court, Bansal, Director General (Corporate Affairs), took the extreme step days after his wife and daughter also committed suicide following his arrest.

Mallya, who is in UK, was not spared by the judiciary and in a double whammy, two non-bailable warrants were issued against him, with a judge observing that “he neither has any regard for law, nor any intention to return to India.”

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Names of famous Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan also cropped up in the Delhi courts, where singer and music composer Mika Singh too made his appearance in a criminal case filed against him by a doctor.

Besides this, the city courts also dealt with terror-related matters including ones related to Indian Mujahideen’s key operative Abdul Wahid Siddibapa and Khalistani Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, while several other suspects were arrested for their alleged links with ISIS.

While the Kejriwal government and Delhi Police were at loggerheads on various issues including appointment of state prosecutors, several AAP legislators faced cases of heinous crimes ranging from rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, threat to women, attempt to murder and abatement of suicide of woman party worker during the year.

Though Kejriwal made headlines at regular intervals for criminal defamation cases lodged against him by Union minister Arun Jaitley, BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri and Amit Sibal, son of Congress leader Kapil Sibal, the AAP government was left embarrassed when one of its ministers Sandeep Kumar was sent to two months in jail after a CD containing alleged sex scandal surfaced. Kumar was immediately expelled by AAP and removed from the government.

The AAP government was also pushed to the backfoot after CBI arrested and named in a charge sheet Kejriwal’s close aid and principal secretary Rajendra Kumar in a graft case.

While AAP leader Somnath Bharti was slapped with domestic violence case, another party leader Alka Lamba and assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel faced cases of assault.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal was also named in a charge sheet in a special court by the Anti-Corruption Branch in a case of alleged irregularities in recruitment in the women’s panel.

While AAP leaders made news from all the six trial courts of Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Dwarka, Saket and Rohini, Congress too had anxious moments when former IAF chief S P Tyagi, arrested in connection with the Rs 450 crore VVIP chopper bribery case, sought to drag the Prime Minister’s Office for the Rs 3,600 crore deal finalised in 2010.

BJP leader and former junior minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Dilip Ray, was also summoned as accused in a coal scam case.

Congress continued to battle in Patiala House Court the National Herald case with its top leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi securing a minor relief of exemption from personal appearance, but BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who is the complainant in the case, left no stone unturned as he resorted to all legal tactics.

The ghost of coal block allocation scam continued to haunt the Congress with some of its leaders like Naveen Jindal, Dasari Narayan Rao and Vijay Darda facing the heat of the special court, which concluded two cases of Jharkhand Ispat Private Limited and Rathi Steel and Power Ltd (RSPL) by convicting all accused awarding varying jail terms.

Congress also had an unpleasant moment when its 70-year-old leader from northeast, P K Thungon, was held guilty in a 22-year-old graft case and awarded three-and-a half year imprisonment.

Similar was the case of former Haryana Speaker and INLD leader Satbir Singh Kadian, who was awarded the maximum sentence of seven years in a 20-year-old Indian Farmers FertilisersIFFCO graft case.

Other bigwigs who had a tough time in various trial courts included DMK leader and former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his businessman brother Kalanithi Maran who were named in a charge sheet in Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.

The recent amendment in the law allowing trial of children between 16-18 years as adults in cases of heinous offences was also heard by the court after a teenager allegedly ran over a 32-year-old marketing executive while rashly driving his father’s Mercedes.

Crime against women saw filmmaker of “Peepli Live” fame Mahmood Farooqui going to jail for seven years for raping a US national and death sentence to two killers — Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla — in the infamous Jigisha Ghosh murder case of 2009.

The trial court in Tis Hazari delivered life sentence till death to five vagabonds for raping a Danish national in 2014, with the judge making a hard-hitting observation that the incident brought “disrepute” and “shame” to the country. Even as decorated environmentalist and academician R K Pachauri struggled to defend himself in sexual harassment case.

The year-end saw the contentious demonetisation issue reaching the doors of the court as two Axis Bank managers and another person being arrested for their alleged role in a money laundering probe into purported illegal conversion of demonetised notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 16:26 IST

Narendra Modi is better than Donald Trump, says JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar

Mumbai: JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “better” than US President-elect Donald Trump.

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI file imageKanhaiya Kumar. PTI file image

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI file image

Kumar was speaking at a panel discussion titled ‘From Bihar to Tihar‘ at Times LitFest. “Despite several differences (he may have with Narendra Modi), Modi is better than Trump. There has been a rise in authoritative sentiment across the world and if you see the kind of language that was used in (US) presidential election, the comments made against migrants and women were unprecedented,” said Kumar, who earlier this year faced a sedition case over “anti-national” slogans at Jawaharlal Nehru
University.

The student leader quoted the iconic African American leader Martin Luther King, saying, “Bad people are shouting not because they are more powerful but because the good people are quiet.”

Speaking about Najeeb Ahmed, the JNU student who has been missing for the past several weeks, Kumar said, “The government is actually doing nothing but throwing some issues before us. It is happening because there is no powerful opposition that would keep a check on this government. The issues of Dadri (lynching by cow-vigilantes), JNU’s anti-national slogans and Najeeb’s missing are being diverted. In Dadri, the committee is focusing on whether it was beef or not, in Rohith Vemula case, the committee was set up to decide his caste, in JNU’s anti-national slogan case, the committee was set up to find out whether footage was doctored or not. There are many other similar cases,” he said.

“Why was no chargesheet filed in the JNU anti-national slogans case even after nine months if the government was serious?” Kumar asked.

First Published On : Dec 2, 2016 22:55 IST

Najeeb Ahmad missing case: Show cause notices to 20 JNU students including Kanhaiya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU administration has issued show cause notices to 20 students including sedition accused Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, seeking explanation for the alleged “illegal confinement” of Vice Chancellor and other officials in the varsity building.A group of agitating students had confined the VC and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last month alleging inaction on the administration’s part in locating missing student Najeeb Ahmad. Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP, the night before. “Twenty students including Kanhaiya and Umar have been sent notices over the illegal confinement and have been asked to depose before the Proctorial committee which is probing the issue after a complaint was received from the university’s Chief Security Officer,” a senior varsity official said. JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student. On the directive of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, a SIT was formed last month to trace the missing student The SIT failed to get any actionable clues in the matter.The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch. The university panel probing the incident of October 14 following which Najeeb went missing had found ABVP members guilty of assaulting him. However, no disciplinary action has been taken yet.

JNU missing student row: Hidden agendas in student politics have eclipsed Najeeb Ahmed

“But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence…illusion only is sacred truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness.”

— Feuerbach, preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity.

The difference between a spectacle and reality lies at the very core of politics – the kind where illusions are created to gain an advantage. A tactic, which the Left brigade is fond of and has employed during the current crisis in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, where a first year MSc Biotechnology student, Najeeb Ahmed, has been missing for more than a month.

The debate between reality and representation could be seen as one based on the age-old discomfort with establishing the real meaning of truth. The question “what is the truth?” seems redundant owing to the fact that truth can never “be”. There can simply be a process of validation of the truth.

The current crisis in JNU, of missing student Najeeb Ahmed, has unveiled the hidden agendas of student politics. Image courtesy: News18The current crisis in JNU, of missing student Najeeb Ahmed, has unveiled the hidden agendas of student politics. Image courtesy: News18

The current crisis in JNU has unveiled the hidden agendas of student politics. Image courtesy: News18

“But first of all we ought, perhaps, to justify our assumption that the object of a ‘theory of truth’ can only be to show how propositions are validated,” Alfred J Ayer wrote in Language, Truth and Logic. Thus, the process of validation and the consequence of such validation could easily be used to create an illusion.

The idea of playing with emotions bases itself on something that we often experience but barely understand. The theory of emotions comes to our aid in an attempt to explain some of the very basic events that take place around us, of which we are sometimes involuntarily a part.

The current crisis in JNU opens up a series of discussions studded with a bunch of questions. The focus of the mainstream opinion, generated by the Left-oriented viewpoints, emphasises upon the condition of distress that Najeeb’s family are forced to live in. They have presented it as a saga of a mother who is facing every difficulty in finding the whereabouts of her son.

Are these the same people who celebrated the death of 76 CRPF jawans six years ago? What about the mothers and kinsmen of those souls? Did they not go missing forever? How many of those who now present themselves to be ready sentinels in service of Najeeb’s family had reached out to the family of those martyrs?

That’s the nature of contradiction in which these vanguards of Left politics live. Even a trace of critical thought would compel one to think about the concept of empathy, which seems to be missing at the base of this constructed drama. The Left bear no sign of remorse for the violence perpetrated in order to meet their own ends. They seldom concern themselves with the number of lives that the Gulags had claimed.

But their ability to create situations has mostly to do with the standards of morality that the larger society seems to uphold. Treading on the path bordered by a fundamental contradiction between the significance of culture in society, they begin to accept the prevalent ethical standards of society with the solitary goal of destabilising the current order. They can even go till the madness of erecting an anarchic order in the society.

The current example, of this destabilising force rallying behind Najeeb’s family, seems to remind of the importance of family in one’s life by some unknown, unseen prophet. Otherwise, family to them is an obsolete institution, discarded and outdated that fulfils no purpose except acting as an instrument of repression that aids other organs of the superstructure in subjugating the masses.

Why are they so worried about someone’s family in this case? That’s what one should clearly see as the ‘spectacle’. Thus, it could be clearly stated that the group of people who are instrumental in creating this spectacle have nothing to do with empathy or ‘family’.

The series of contradictions manifest themselves in the kind of stage management that each of these vanguards trained in. The spectacle they ‘created’ during the 9 February incident – when Kanhaiya Kumar and other students were charged with sedition for raising anti-India slogans – could be seen as a preceding link to the current episode.

It was well-known to them that media persons were present on campus. Then, why did they raise such slogans? Was it a deliberate attempt to go against the state and brew up some controversy? What followed was portrayed as an event of State repression – which then translated to sympathy for those pledged to destroy India.

Thus, those caught on the wrong foot raising slogans against India became victims and the actions of the sovereign, which it was forced to employ, were painted as cruel. That’s perfect ‘situationism’. It reminds us of the students’ uprising in France and the protests that took place at Columbia University in the late 1960s.

The events that took place in France in May 1968 show us a pretty fair picture of where the current situation could lead to. It could be exactly what the current anarchistic turn in student politics of JNU could be aiming for. The 1968 revolution in France drew support from students, teachers, as well as workers. It was the largest general strike to have ever occurred in France, with the number of participants reaching as high as 11 million.

But as Neil Smelser had said in 1971: Any social movement must be based on some precipitation factors. In the context of the 1968 revolution in France, the precipitation factors seem to be quite benign in nature. A handful of students led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit began the ‘22 March Movement’ in the form of minor deliberations upon class discrimination in the French society and the bureaucratic clout over the University of Nanterre.

An ‘occupy’ kind of protest at the University of Nanterre came to an end without violence, though not without police action. The events of 22 March 1968 became the precipitation factor for what was to come in a couple of months’ time.

The brief history cited here seems to mirror the recent tactics employed by student politics at JNU. The Left have tried to forge an alliance of anarchic elements at the pan-India level and raise an ‘occupy’ movement, but it has failed.

They have also spent a lot of effort in producing someone like Daniel Cohn-Bendit, but in vain. Hence, the hidden agenda of Left politics in JNU is nothing but an extension of the doctrine of ‘situationism’ and the tactics employed by the New Left about forty years ago.

(The author is former joint secretary, JNU student union. All views expressed are personal) 

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 16:23 IST

Laughed a little when introduced in court as someone who ‘has even been to Kashmir’: Kanhaiya Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU Students Union Kanhaiya Kumar whose arrest in a sedition case created a nationwide debate on definition of nationalism recalls that he was introduced to the judge in the courtroom as “somebody who has even been to Kashmir”.”In the courtroom, the judge asked to show the video of the February 9 incident. He remarked that the boy (me) is not seen as shouting slogans in the video, the IO responded saying that he had sufficient evidence against me and I have even been to Kashmir,” Kanhaiya says in his recently published memoir “Kanhaiya Kumar-From Bihar to Tihar”.”I laughed a little to myself when I heard this exchange. It’s true what they say. One can find humour in the most unlikely of places,” he adds.The student leader further says, “I was taken by surprise when I was asked why did I shout slogans against the country? I found this very strange. When did I shout slogans against the country? I have been shouting slogans against Modi and that’s no secret. Had Modi now become the country?””By now I was beginning to get the feeling that something was seriously wrong. On what grounds had I been arrested, I asked them. Where was the warrant? They replied- ‘you will get the warrant in jail. There, you’ll get everything’,” he adds. Kanhaiya recalls how 20 days in jail seemed like a “lifetime” to him and how he felt like he was addressing the nation when he made a speech at the university’s administration block which is now known as “Freedom Square”.Kanhaiya was arrested in February on charges of sedition in connection with a controversial event at the JNU campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. His arrest had triggered widespread outrage and protests. He was released on bail on March 3.In the book, he has talked about his journey from a nondescript Bihar village to Tihar jail and the February 9 incident which catapulted him to the centre stage of student’s politics.

Najeeb didn’t just vanish: Why are JNU authorities not showing any sense of urgency?

It is tempting to pillory Kanhaiya Kumar and the other four high profiles of his tribe namely Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Ashutosh Kumar for being relatively insipid in their role to find Najeeb Ahmed the student who has disappeared from JNU. But the higher priority would be to ensure his safety and get him back from wherever he is.

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTIFormer JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

While Najeeb’s sister is playing the dominant role in the search or at least the call for it and in between slogan shouting and a few sundry gheraos and protest marches there is a sluggish texture to the usually vociferous JNU crowd who made headlines earlier this year with their controversial seminar at the Press Club in New Delhi, the general slowness of the investigation is patently obvious.

There is also the needless rant from Shehla Rashid a former vice president of the JNU Students Union who asks Kanhaiya why nothing is being done by him?

In parts, like the curate’s egg, it is a good question. How much is being done by anybody to find a young man who was seen being beaten up by a mob of ABVP goons, then dragged to the vice chancellor’s office and roughed up again as no one intervened.

Where did he go from there? The odds that rubbernecking students did not hang around to see what would happen next are very low. So when Najeeb came out of the office did he walk to his room, run to the gate, get into a car, be kidnapped, where were all the brave souls that inhabit this especially green grove of academe? Teachers, students, security staff. Did his friends not help him out at the time of his distress? Simply demanding to put more pressure on the police hardly comes off as concerted action.

Who were these ABVP guys, they are not incognito, surely in this huge span of time their post-mob frenzy period should produce cast-iron alibis. Where did each of you go next?

Najeeb could not just have vanished into thin air. One would opt for the scenario that he has gone into hiding for fear of his life but then at least in this hi-tech age he would have communicated his whereabouts to his family and the sister’s stress factor does not indicate this. And that makes it worrying because he could be incapacitated.

Is there any specific reason why the police have not been able to follow the trail despite having 12 suspects in custody?

With ten days since the young man vanished the trail, so to speak, is cold as ice. One can only conclude that Najeeb is either in another city with friends and relatives and has sought refuge and has got in touch with his immediate family but pushed them into silence. If that does not work for you has he been abducted by more goons and, if so, from where…his room, from under a tree, the hospital or clinic if he went there to have his wounds dressed, it is just not possible to have others involved in the scenario and go missing without leaving some eyewitnesses behind.

After you have been thrashed you either go for comfort, refuge or medical assistance. You don’t walk off into the wilderness without anyone knowing.

Certainly, the macabre thought comes to mind that the silence is ominous and God forbid does not indicate a much worse development. Until there is a body this option must lie on the side of the table.

I don’t think most people care whether the student is Hindu, Muslim or zebra striped. He is missing and he has to be found. Letting this mystery stay unresolved is not acceptable and there seems to be a lid on the outrage.

I watched the former spearhead of the JNU Kanhaiya Kumar give a sort of limp wristed speech to a crowd of farmers where he has supposed to have made the first mention of the disappearance. Wrong crowd, not much zest.

Curiously, even the media seems to be dragging its feet on this one and with the second week nearly coming to a conclusion since Najeeb was last seen the story for lack of a feed is slipping off the pages.

It will be a cruel shame if the Najeeb saga has no ending.

Come on, people, somebody saw something, somebody knows what happened…time to end the agony.

Kanhaiya Kumar explains why surgical strikes shouldn’t be publicised

Mon, 3 Oct 2016-10:12pm , Bhubaneswar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday said surgical strikes should not be publicised as political parties might use it as an election issue.”Surgical strikes should not be made public. This has an adverse impact on the society. People may misuse and make it an election issue in the coming state polls,” Kumar, who in February was arrested and charged with sedition for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in JNU campus, told reporters here. Earlier addressing an ‘Azadi Samavesh’ here to mark the completion of 80 years of All India Student Federation (AISF), he thanked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for distancing themselves from the BJP.Criticising the Centre for inflation, unemployment and illiteracy, the former JNu students union president said he had no will to join politics and preferred to be a teacher in future.Police took about 24 ABVP activists into custody while they were picketing and showing black flags to Kanhaiya Kumar.

‘No personal animosity with PM Modi but some ideological differences,’ says Kanhaiya Kumar

Bhubaneswar: Former President of the JNU Students Union Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday said he has no personal animosity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

“I have no personal animosity with Modi-ji, but there are ideological differences,” said Kanhaiya Kumar addressing the Ajaadi Samavesh on the completion of 80 years of the All India Student Federation (AISF).

He also criticised Modi for not fulfilling the promises made to the people.

“The country is not made up of only 31 percent of the electorates which voted for the BJP-led NDA Government at the centre. This is democracy and one should not forget that the rest 69 percent did not share your ideology,” said the students’ leader.

“They had assured of two crore jobs. How many they have given till now? When inflation will come down and why there have been no concrete plans to eradicate illiteracy,” said Kanhaiya Kumar.

He alleged that the country has gone back to the pre-independence years and the people are threatened to keep mum on several issues.

“Questioning is our democratic right and opposing government doesn’t mean we are against the country,” said Kanhaiya.

He also mocked the Modi by saying country’s fate cannot be changed only with tweeting.

The visit of Kanhaiya Kumar to the Odisha capital was opposed by the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (AVBP). The protest turned violent when a clash broke out between ABVP and AISF activists soon after Kanhaiya finished his speech at the event.

More than 40 activists were arrested, said police.

PM Modi resorting to ‘jumlebaji’: Kanhaiya Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All India Students Federation (AISF) leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he resorts to “jumlebaji” (false promises) to divert the attention from core issues.”Acche Din and bringing back black money issues are mere ‘jumlebaji’. This is done to divert attention from core issues. The society cannot be benefited till politics of vote bank is pursued,” Kumar, former president of JNU students union said.”When we talk against Modi, were are labelled as traitors,” Kumar said. He said “division” of society on the basis of caste and creed should be stopped.”Raising issues of love jihad, ghar vapasi and beef will not help. Attempts should be made to eradicate poverty and unemployment. No alternatives should not be found in politics but politics of alternatives should be done,” he said.

Afzal Guru row: JNU panel submits final report on students’ punishments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNU on Monday said the Appellate Authority which heard the appeals of the varsity students who were penalised in connection with the controversial February 9 event has submitted its final report.”In the light of the recommendation of the High Level Enquiry Committee and subsequently the recommendation of the panel constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the Vice Chancellor put his mind to various dimensions of the concerned issue to come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students,” a university statement said. “The authority after thorough analysis of each case, has issued the final report to be implemented by the Chief Proctor,” the statement added.Senior university officials, however, refused to comment when asked about the contents of the report. JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Three students including the students union chief Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action. Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.

JNU row: Appellate authority submits final report after hearing students’ appeals

New Delhi: The JNU on Monday said the Appellate Authority which heard the appeals of the varsity students who were penalised in connection with the controversial 9 February event has submitted its final report.

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid. PTI

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid. PTI

“In the light of the recommendation of the High Level Enquiry Committee and subsequently the recommendation of the panel constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the Vice Chancellor put his mind to various dimensions of the concerned issue to come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students,” a university statement said.

“The authority after thorough analysis of each case, has issued the final report to be implemented by the Chief Proctor,” the statement added. Senior university officials, however, refused to comment when asked about the contents of the report.

JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Three students including the students union chief Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.

The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action.

Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.

JNU had then formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.

JNU row: Varisty forms panel to hear appeals of penalised students

A month after Delhi High Court stayed the punishment to JNU students in connection with the controversial February 9 event, the university on Thursday formed a four-member committee to hear appeals of those who had been found guilty of indiscipline by the varsity probe panel.”The Vice Chancellor has formed a committee to assist him in his capacity as the appellate authority to hear the appeals from students who had been found guilty by the High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) of violating various university rules during the February 9 incident on campus,” an official statement said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU was at the centre of a controversy in February this year because of an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.Three students including the students union chief Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event and are now out on bail. 21 JNU students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of discipline norms.The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. As the varsity refused to relent and withdraw the punitive action proposed against the students despite their failing health, some students moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action.Following this, the High Court issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and to not launch any fresh agitation. It had stayed action against the students till their appeals have been decided by the appellate authority.”The proceedings have begun from today and the concerned students have been asked to depose before the appellate authority,” the statement added.

Emergency-like situation in every university: Kanhaiya Kumar writes to Modi

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, targeting him on a range of issues.

Saying that “a situation of emergency has been created in every university”, Kumar in his Facebook page wrote the open letter to Modi asking him: “Is this the situation that you were promising when you were chanting the slogan of ‘achche din’ across the length and breadth of the nation?”

“You (Modi) have handed the reins of our temples of learning into the hands of those who are not just averse to knowledge, but also determined and proven opponents of history, art, culture and logic,” the JNUSU president wrote.

PTI

PTI

Kumar accused Modi for returning favours to those who financially paved his ascent to power.

Kumar said that no new jobs have been created, farmers are killing themselves, poor are increasingly becoming poorer, students can’t afford to study, those who do make it to the various universities face caste-based humiliation and discrimination.

“Brilliant students are forced to hang themselves from fans. Or else they are raped and/or murdered. And if by some miracle they manage to save themselves from such vile acts then their fellowships are stopped in order to deter them pursuing higher studies,” he mentioned in his letter.

He added that even the basic rights of teachers and workers have been targeted forcing them to come out on the streets and protest against the system and getting arrested.

“It seems that a situation of emergency has been created in every university,” he wrote.

The open letter targets the Prime Minister with words that “the country won’t change by changing the meat or the video. The nation will be transformed when the condition of its people are improved.”

Kumar said that under Modi’s regime, things have only gone from bad to worse.

Kumar asked: “Had you (Modi) delivered development in the last two years, you would not have to spend crores of rupees to advertise it.”

He said that the apparent reality is that Modi has done nothing to improve the lives of the people.

“I question you here as a student. You spend Rs 200 crore on advertisements, but you don’t have Rs 99 crore for non-NET scholarships for the research scholars,” Kumar said.

“You have thousands of crore of rupees to buy battle tanks, but you don’t have money to pay minimum wages to workers. You have thousands of crores of rupees for air trips but you can’t give farmers fair minimum support prices for their crop.”

He claimed Modi’s policies seem like “a series of misfortune for the common masses”.

Kumar said the “next generation” will ask Modi why he remained silent on the issue of ministers spreading hatred against a particular community, ministers framing false cases against students on the basis of fake tweets.

“Why were you silent when meat samples were switched and communal venom was being spread? The main question is – whether you have been elected to bring development or to strengthen those who spread hatred and violence,” the letter questioned.

He also accused Modi of forgetting the issue of price rise and inflation in the Indian economy, citing one of the taglines of his election campaign – “Bahut hui mahangai ki maar, Abki baar Modi Sarkar”.

“You (Modi) mocked Manmohan Singh for his silence. But neither do you speak for us. And when you do speak, it is not for the impoverished masses of this country, but for America, where lawmakers give you a standing ovation,” Kumar wrote in the letter.

JNU students protest outside UGC over OBC reservation issue

JNU students led by union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday staged a protest outside UGC office demanding that reservation to OBC candidates be granted during appointments at Associate Professor level.The students claimed that UGC had recently said 27 per OBC reservation is applicable only at the level of Assistant Professor and demanded that the reservation be implemented at Professor and Associate Professor level as well. However, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had on Tuesday clarified that there has been no change in reservation policy for teachers in universities.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protesting students submitted a memorandum to UGC officials demanding that the OBC reservation be implemented at both professor and associate professor level, in promotions and the number of national fellowships for OBCs be increased. In a recent letter to Registrar of Universities, the UGC said that there has been no change in the reservation policy in faculty positions in central universities.In the letter, UGC had said that in teaching positions reservation for SCs in 15 per cent, STs 7.5 per cent is applicable at all three levels- Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor. The letter added that in case of OBCs, 27 per cent reservation is applicable only at the level of Assistant Professor only.

Kanhaiya Kumar’s ‘attacker’ greets Amit Shah

Manas Deka, accused by the JNU students leader Kanhaiya Kumar of trying to “strangle” him on board an aircraft in April, today led a delegation of Assamese youths which greeted BJP president Amit Shah at a function here.The brief encounter took place before Shah was to address a convention of ‘Pramod Mahajan Skill and Entrepreneurship Mission’, a state government initiative on the lines of the Centre’s ‘Skill India’, at an auditorium.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the delegation did not attend the function and left immediately. Deka later posted the selfies with Shah on his social media account. On April 24, Kumar had alleged that Deka, working with a city-based software firm, tried to strangle him on board Pune-bound Jet Airways flight. Mumbai Police had registered a non cognisable offence on Kumar’s complaint. However, the allegations were reportedly described by the police as “untrue”. Kumar had described Deka as a “strong BJP supporter” in his tweet after the incident.

‘Anti-national’ slogan raising man still active on campus, claims JNUSU Joint Secretary

Saurabh Sharma, the Joint Secretary of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Thursday alleged that a person named Mujeeb Gattu, who had raised ‘anti-national’ slogans on February 9, is still active on the campus.The JNU office bearer’s remark came after a video purportedly showed Mujeeb Gatto present in the varsity.”Mujeeb Gattu was present in the gathering outside the communication centre here. He is the same person who had raised anti-national slogans on the campus,” Saurabh told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He had covered his face with a cloth while raising the slogans. His video has been shot and is doing the rounds in the media,” he added.Gatto recently met JNU students when they sat on a hunger strike, he added.The JNUSU Joint Secretary said the sad part of the episode is that the university administration, even after being aware of the happenings, has been silently supporting them.”There should be a probe in the matter. The Delhi Police have not taken any action in this regard. Even a high level committee found Mujeeb Gatto guilty in the anti-national sloganeering and his name is also mentioned in the report,” he added.Mujeeb Gatto guilty in the anti-national sloganeering and his name is also mentioned in the report,” he added.Meanwhile, Delhi High Court has put on hold the disciplinary action taken by the JNU administration against students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, accused of sedition in connection with a February 9 event, till their appeals against the decision are decided by the university’s appellate authority.The university had rusticated Umar Khalid, Anirban and Mujeeb Gattu and fined JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar with Rs 10,000 for the event held on campus in Afzal Guru’s remembrance.

JNU row: Four video clips of Afzal Guru event genuine, claims CBI

New Delhi: Four video clippings related to the controversial 9 February event at JNU which were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar for examination have been declared as genuine.

However, report is awaited on another set of video clips, including the one broadcast by a few news channels and alleged to be doctored. The clips were sent to the CBI’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addressing students at JNU. PTIJNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addressing students at JNU. PTI

File photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

“We have received a report on four video clips from the Gandhinagar laboratory and they have been mentioned as genuine. Report on the other clips, being examined at the CFSL, is awaited,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said on Tuesday.

These video clips, apart from the one recorded by the camera of a Hindi news channel, were mostly shot by mobile phones of security guards and other students who were present at the campus during the 9 February event in which anti-Indian slogans were allegedly raised.

The central laboratory in New Delhi is also examining the concerned news channel’s camera, storage card and wire among other equipment. Their report is expected to arrive in a week, Deep added.

An official privy to the probe said several persons, who allegedly raised anti-India slogans during the event, have been identified on the basis of the videos reported to be genuine.

Earlier, a Delhi government-ordered forensic probe into a set of video clippings of the controversial JNU event had found two of them to be manipulated, where voices of persons not present in the clips were added.

A set of seven clips were sent by the Delhi government to the Hyderabad-based Truth Labs, which had found two clips to be manipulated and the others to be genuine.

On 9 February, an event was organised in the JNU campus to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. During the event anti-Indian slogans were allegedly raised, which led to the registration of a police case under charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy.

Later, JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and two other students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were arrested in connection with the case. They are presently out on bail.

JNU row: Four video clips found to be ‘genuine’ by forensic laboratory

Four video clippings related to the controversial February 9 event at JNU which were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar for examination have emerged as “genuine”.However, report is awaited on another set of video clips, including the one broadcast by a few news channels and alleged to be doctored. The clips were sent to the CBI’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory in New Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have received a report on four video clips from the Gandhinagar laboratory and they have been mentioned as genuine. Report on the other clips, being examined at the CFSL, is awaited,” Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said on Tuesday.
ALSO READ Delhi HC stays JNU action against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban BhattacharyaThese video clips, apart from the one recorded by the camera of a Hindi news channel, were mostly shot by mobile phones of security guards and other students who were present at the campus during the February 9 event in which “anti-Indian” slogans were allegedly raised. The central laboratory is also examining the concerned news channel’s camera, storage card and wire among other equipment. Their report is expected to arrive in a week, Deep added.An official privy to the probe said several persons, who allegedly raised anti-India slogans during the event, have been identified on the basis of the videos reported to be genuine.Earlier, a Delhi government-ordered forensic probe into a set of video clippings of the controversial JNU event had found two of them to be “manipulated”, where voices of persons not present in the clips were added.A set of seven clips were sent by the Delhi government to the Hyderabad-based Truth Labs, which had found two clips to be manipulated and the others to be genuine.On February 9, an event was organised in the JNU campus to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. During the event anti-Indian slogans were allegedly raised, which led to the registration of a police case under charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy. Later, JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and two other students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were arrested in connection with the case. They are presently out on bail.

ISIS Indian recruit says they were asked to infiltrate Kanhaiya stir, burn vehicles: Report

After the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in February this year, the Islamic State reportedly wanted to take the advantage of the situation and had asked its recruits to infiltrate the stir by burning vehicles.According to a Times of India report, when Kanhaiya was arrested on sedition charges, ISIS’ Ahmad Ali had reportedly asked 19-year-old Ashiq Ahmad alias Raja of Hooghly, to infiltrate the student movement and burn vehicles and oil tankers using petrol.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report cited the information to statements made under Section 164 of CrPC by recruits of India’s ISIS wing recruit — Junud al Khalifa-e-Hind (JKH). The NIA has reportedly recorded the statements of three recruits – Ashiq Ahmad alias Raja, Mohammad Abdul Ahad and Mohammad Afzal. They said they were asked to agitate the students further and create disorder in the country.
ALSO READ Delhi HC stays JNU action against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban BhattacharyaIn a statement, one of the recruits, Ashiq said that Ahmed Ali, who claimed to head the Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind (AuT), contacted him on February 19 through his ID on the Trillion app. Some 14 members of the IS had been caught by the NIA by this time. The report quotes Ashiq as saying, “He told me that agencies are keeping a tab on us. He told me that a student movement is happening in the country and that we should enter and put vehicles, oil tankers on fire.”It is suspected that Ali is none other than Shafi Armar, the head of ISIS in India who is learnt to have died in a recent US drone attack, the report added.
ALSO READ How can a mother punish children based on doctored videos: Kanhaiya’s Mother’s Day jibe at Smriti IraniAshiq was caught by the NIA on February 22. AuT is connected to ISIS and the outfit opened JKH in India and planned to have a unit in every state, as claimed by another recruit Ahad.

No relief for JNU’s Khalid, Anirban; Delhi HC refuses to stay rustication order

New Delhi: Denying interim relief to JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to stay the rustication order passed by the university against them over a controversial event on Kashmir in the campus.

Justice Manmohan said he will “not stay the order” and issued notice to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, asking it to file its response along with all relevant documents, including the enquiry report.

“I have to ask for records. I have to see whether fair procedure was followed. I have to look into the facts. The matter requires consideration and decision can’t be taken overnight,” said the judge posting the matter for 30 May.

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya. File photo. PTI

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya. File photo. PTI

Khalid and Bhattacharya approached the court against the rustication order and Rs.20,000 fine imposed against Khalid. The university took the action on 25 April after a probe panel set up by the varsity administration found them guilty of “misconduct” and “indiscipline”.

The two students were found guilty of staging a protest demonstration under the pretext of holding a poetry reading, the chief proctor had said.

Counsel, appearing for both, told the court that they were rusticated without proper hearing and notices, arguing both were hiding for 10 days and thereafter surrendered and were sent to jail and how can an enquiry committee be set up behind their back.

On the other hand, counsel for JNU said that notices were served to them at their residential addresses and jail. After the counsel for Khalid raised objection on the Rs.20,000 fine imposed on him, the university said it will extend the date of its payment till the next date of hearing.

The 9 February event led to the arrests of JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya on sedition charges after it was alleged that participants at the event shouted anti-national slogans. Delhi Police repeatedly claimed they had evidence against Kanhaiya Kumar and the other students but failed to produce it in court, leading to their release from jail on bail.

After FTII, Pune journalism department receives threat letter, packet with explosive substance

After the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), another city-based institute has received a packet containing ‘explosive’ substance, a detonator and a threat letter carrying a warning against inviting JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, police said on Monday.The Department of Communication and Journalism located in Ranade Institute building in Deccan area here, got the packet, with content similar to what was found in the FTII parcel on Saturday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Department of Communication and Journalism, which is run by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), had received the parcel on Saturday, which was opened today.”A peon at the Department of Communication and Journalism in Ranade Institute had received the parcel on Saturday. But when it was opened today, it was found to be containing explosive substance, a detonator and a threat letter. The only difference in this packet (from the FTII parcel) was the name of the recipient,” said DCP (Zone I) Sudhir Hiremath of Pune Police.The letter was addressed to the head of the department Dr Madhavi Reddy, he said.When contacted, Vice Chancellor of SPPU, Vasudev Gade told PTI, “Madhavi Reddy came to my office and showed the parcel to me. The letter in the packet read, ‘You are supporting anti-national Kanhaiya Kumar and you will have to pay the price. A gift has been sent along with this letter.'” The police officer said that they were trying to establish whether the packets were sent before the Kanhaiya Kumar’s event held in the city on April 24 or after that.”Based on our investigation conducted so far, it seems that both the parcels were dispatched within the city and received at Deccan Post office on May 7,” he said.”We are trying to ascertain the stamps on both the parcels to understand the origin from where the parcels were dispatched. The stamps are not clear, hence it is difficult to ascertain the post office, from where it was sent,” he said adding that the parcel was sent through ordinary mail.Some students of the department were part of the organising committee, which had invited Kanhaiya Kumar in Pune on April 24. The students had formed a committee to invite him, after the BJP’s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), had allegedly threatened to beat up the students if they invited the JNUSU leader. The event was finally held at Balgandhava Rangmandir here.The administration of the journalism department has approached Deccan Police Station to register a case.

Kanhaiya jibes at Irani, calls her “anti-rational” mother in open letter

New Delhi: JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is out on bail in a sedition case, on Sunday wrote an open letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani on occasion of Mother’s Day and asked how can a “mother” punish her children on basis of biased probe reports and doctored videos.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTIJNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Referring to the university investigation report of the controversial 9 February event during which anti-national
slogans were allegedly raised, Kanhaiya, who has been attacking Irani for her reference to all students as her
children, said in the letter, “we are trying hard to study in the warmth of your motherly love. Under your reign, we are learning how to study despite police canes and hunger”.

In an open letter with sarcastic overtones, the 29-year-old researcher referred to Irani as “anti-rational” mother of “anti-nationals” and extended her Mother’s day wishes on behalf of students.

“Today a friend sent asked me how under Mr Modi’s regime — where besides our own mother, we also have Mother Cow,
Mother India, Mother Ganges and Mother Smriti — how could Rohith Vemula die. I am asking you this because I have no answer. The same anti-national friend also said that Mother Smriti’s ministry sent several letters to punish Rohith and was also responsible for withholding his fellowship for seven months,” he said in the letter.

“In a great country like India, can a mother force drive her child to suicide? Can a mother accept punishments on her children based on doctored videos and a biased probe? Your children, starving for 11 days, are asking you this question. Please reply, if you find the time. The friend also called you an ‘anti-rational mother of anti-nationals’. I hope you will prove this allegation false in your factual reply,” he said.

Meanwhile, the indefinite hunger strike by JNU students in protest against the punishments awarded by university in
connection with the Afzal Guru event, entered 11th day on Sunday.

Kanhaiya had withdrawn from the fast last week after his health deteriorated and he had to undergo treatment for
dehydration and ketosis at AIIMS. So far, six students have withdrawn from the strike while 14 others are still continuing with their fast.

In celebration of mother’s day at JNU, various mothers residing on campus and outsiders including an 80-year-old
wheel chair bound woman, joined the fasting students by going on a one day hunger strike in solidarity.

ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, who was complainant of the 9 February event and has been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic, started a donation campaign today to pay his penalty.

“I have been penalised for protecting ‘bharat mata’ and standing up against the anti-nationals. So on Mother’s Day, we have started a campaign in support of protecting the dignity of Mother India. I am requesting people to donate one rupee in my Paytm account,” Saurabh, who is lone ABVP member in JNU students body said in a statement.

Saurabh along with four members of ABVP, who had also gone on hunger strike last week, called off their stir on
Wednesday claiming they have got an assurance from the JNU administration that their demands will be considered.

The JNU administration had appealed the students and teachers to not invite outsiders saying it might vitiate the
academic atmosphere and peace on campus. The administration also asked the students to refrain from using “direct or indirect coercive measures and come forward for dialogue and discussion”.

Terming the hunger strike to be an “unlawful activity” JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar had also appealed to the students last week to put forward their demands using “constitutional” means and asked them to come for a “dialogue” to resolve the matter.

Two other students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — were arrested along with Kanhaiya in the sedition case.

While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000, Umar, Anirban and a Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations.

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FTII receives packet containing suspected explosive substance

A packet containing some suspected explosive substance, a detonator and a threat letter in connection with JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s expected visit in April, was received by the office of the director of the FTII in Pune this evening, police said.The packet was addressed to the previous director of the Film and Television Institute of India, Prashant Pathrabe.Bhupendra Kainthola, the present director of the institute, said, “My office received the packet at 5.30 pm today and since the contents were suspicious, we alerted the police.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior police inspector Sushma Chavan of the Deccan Police Station said the parcel contained a detonator and a white powder, suspected to be some explosive material. It also had a letter, warning the director against allowing Kumar to visit the FTII campus.Police suspect that the packet must have been sent before Kumar’s visit to Pune on April 24, when Pathrabe was the director of FTII.Kumar, who addressed a gathering in Pune on that day, was reportedly going to visit the FTII too, but eventually he did not.”The contents have been sent to the forensic lab,” inspector Chavan said.

On 10th day of JNU hunger strike, Kanhaiya Kumar withdraws

New Delhi: The indefinite hunger strike by JNU students entered the 10th day on Saturday, even as students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar withdrew his fast due to medical reasons.

So far, six students have withdrawn their fast against the punishment by the university in connection with the 9 February event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, while 14 others are continuing with the hunger strike.

Kanhaiya, who is out on bail after his arrest in a sedition case, was discharged from AIIMS on Friday, after treatment for mild dehydration and ketosis.

JNUSU leader Kanhiaya Kumar. AFP

JNUSU leader Kanhiaya Kumar. AFP

“Kanhaiya was back on campus last night and due to his health condition doctors advised him to discontinue with the fast. He has been advised bed rest for few days and also has to undergo some medical tests. While he has withdrawn the fast, he will continue with the agitation,” a statement from the JNU Students Union said.

The health reports of other fasting students mentioned high ketone levels, low BP and weight loss.

JNU Teachers Association has called for a relay hunger strike, on Saturday, in protest against the administration. Alumni of the varsity will also join the protesting students and form a human chain on Saturday evening.

The JNU administration had on Friday appealed the students and teachers to not invite outsiders saying it might vitiate the academic atmosphere and peace on campus. The administration also asked the students to refrain from using “direct or indirect coercive measures and come forward for dialogue and discussion”.

Terming the hunger strike to be an “unlawful activity” JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar had earlier this week appealed to students to put forward their demands using “constitutional” means and asked them to come for a “dialogue” to resolve the matter.

Five members of ABVP, who had also gone on hunger strike last week, called off their stir on Wednesday claiming they have got an assurance from the JNU administration that their demands will be considered.

Two other students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — were arrested along with Kanhaiya in the sedition case.

While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000, Umar, Anirban and a Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations. Saurabh, who is the lone ABVP member in JNU Students Union, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic.

JNU row: Kanhaiya ends nine-day hunger strike after being discharged from AIIMS

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday ended his nine-day hunger strike after he was discharged from AIIMS even as the university administration asked students not to invite outsiders saying it might vitiate the academic atmosphere and peace on campus.While five students on Thursday withdrew their fast against the punishment by the university in connection with the February 9 event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, 15 others continued with the hunger strike.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kanhaiya, who is out on bail after his arrest in a sedition case, was yesterday admitted to AIIMS in a semi-conscious state. He was discharged after treatment for mild dehydration and ketosis.”Kanhaiya has been discharged from AIIMS. He has been advised bed rest for few days. He has to undergo some medical tests too, so keeping his health condition in mind he has withdrawn from the fast but will continue with the agitation,” a JNUSU statement said.The ketone level of the fasting students is high and the BP is low, according to the test reports from the health centre.On the other hand, JNU issued fresh advisory for the students and teachers to avoid inviting outsiders to the campus.The administration also asked the students to refrain from using “direct or indirect coercive measures and come forward for dialogue and discussion”.”The administration requests all the teachers and students to avoid inviting people from outside the campus for any gathering or activity to press their demands, which could undermine peace and security in the campus,” JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said in an appeal.”Thousands of students on the campus are busy preparing for or writing their end semester examinations and also writing their dissertations. Continuing hunger strikes and escalation of it through involvement of outsiders may further enhance the stress level in the campus and affect the career of those students,” he added.While members from civil society joined the protests today, alumni of the university will gather tomorrow to express solidarity by fasting for a day.In a separate notice, the Registrar asked the students not to use the public address system without permission and around the administration block, which has been the venue of protest ever since the sedition row broke out.Twenty-five students had gone on hunger strike last week.While five members of ABVP called off their fast on Wednesday claiming they have an assurance from the JNU administration that their demands will be considered, five members of the Left-affiliated groups withdrew from the stir yesterday citing deteriorating health.JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar had earlier this week appealed to students to put forward their demands using “constitutional” means and asked them to come for a “dialogue” to resolve the matter.

Left leaders come together, meet President seeking his invention to resolve JNU crisis

Almost all opposition parties united on Friday to seek President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention in resolving the the current crisis at the premium university and to restore peace there.Digvijay Singh, Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, KC Tyagi, Majid Memon were part of the delegation that visited the President to submit the memo.According to the leaders, the crisis in the university is a result of the disciplinary action taken on students by the Vice Chancellor of the university on the basis of a report submitted by the High Level Enquiry Committee.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The stringent punitive action against some students including the elected president of the Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union appear to be based on sections of the HLEC report that have been released by the university.These conclusions are based on so-called evidence that is currently under dispute in judicial proceedings. It is unprecedented that the Vice Chancellor should take such strong action on the basis of so-called evidence which is a sub-judice matter,”the memo stated.The memo also stated that the evidence referred to by the committee have been contradicted by the Delhi government’s magisterial probe.”This enquiry has established that the so-called visual evidence electronically recorded has been doctored. Despite this, the university has proceeded on such unprecedented punishment of certain students,”the memo stated.Requesting the President’s urgent intervention to prevent further damage at the university, the memo stated that the developments on the backdrop of the punitive action taken against its students have pushed them and the academic community into strong responses including the indefinite hunger strike by JNUSU President and some other students.”Today is the ninth day of this hunger strike. This continuing hunger strike has led to life threatening health conditions for the students. The President of the Students Union, Kanhaiya Kumar had to be hospitalized at the AIIMS in a precarious condition,”it read.The leaders said an overwhelming majority of teachers are backing the students in their demand for fairness and this only points to the error of the university administration and the Vice Chancellor.Urging the President to withdraw actions taken by the VC in his capacity of being the visitor to the university, the memo stated,”As the visitor of the university we hope that you would intervene to ensure that justice is done. You will agree that all of us will have to wait till the ongoing judicial proceedings are concluded.”

JNU hunger strike: Kanhaiya’s condition better, says students’ union

New Delhi: The indefinite hunger strike by JNU students entered ninth day on Friday, even as the health condition of the student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was admitted to AIIMS, has improved.

While five students yesterday withdrew from the hunger strike against the punishment by the university in connection with the 9 February event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, 15 others continued with their fast.

New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Kanhaiya, who is out on bail after his arrest in a sedition case, was yesterday admitted to AIIMS in a semi-conscious state. He was treated for mild dehydration and ketosis.

“Doctors have advised that Kanhaiya be kept under observation. His health is better,” a statement from the JNU Students Union said.

“Kanhaiya has appealed to the students to continue with the agitation in his absence from the campus,” it said.

On day nine of the hunger strike, the students called for a protest against the JNU administration which has termed the fast as “unlawful” activity.

The keytone level of the fasting students is high and the BP is low, according to the test reports from the health centre.

25 students had gone on hunger strike last week. While five members of ABVP called off their fast on Wednesday claiming they have an assurance from the JNU administration that their demands will be considered, five members of the Left-affiliated groups withdrew from the stir yesterday citing deteriorating health.

JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar had appealed to students to put forward their demands using “constitutional” means and asked them to come for a “dialogue” to resolve the matter.

Two other students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — were arrested along with Kanhaiya in the sedition case.

While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of “indiscipline and misconduct”, Umar, Anirban and a Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations.

Financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students. Hostel facilities of two students have been withdrawn and the
university has declared the campus out of bounds for two former students.

Saurabh, who is the lone ABVP member in JNU Students Union, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic.

Sonia, Rahul’s confidence stems from a sense of entitlement to immunity

“I’m not scared of anyone,” “I’m being targeted” are the newest, trendiest political jumlas of our time. From Sonia, and Rahul Gandhi to Kanhaiya Kumar — they are all telling us they are not afraid of anyone.

Rahul Gandhi used the jumla on Tuesday in his first reaction to the AgustaWestland deal when he was asked about his aid Kanishk Singh’s role. “I am always being targeted, I am happy to be targeted” was his response.

Sonia Gandhi has used the jumla twice in the recent past, on both the occasions after being embroiled in cases of corruption. When she was summoned by a Delhi court in the National Herald case, she declared, “I am daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi, I’m not afraid of anyone.” After her name figured in the AgustaWestland case, she repeated the jumla, I’m not afraid of anyone.”

What’s the message Sonia or Rahul want to convey to the people as heads of India’s oldest political party? Don’t be scared of law? Does Sonia want to send a message that the law of the land will not catch up with her even if she was found guilty of violating the law?

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Is she expressing her own imperious indifference and contempt for law or is she saying something that one hears very often being said that people break laws with impunity because they don’t fear laws?

In a democracy, equality of all citizens in the eyes of law is paramount. Why does she think she is special? It shows her claim to a feudal and privileged entitlement mindset.

Perhaps, her confidence stems from her past experience and a misconceived belief that powerful and privileged people often get away unpunished even after breaking law and found guilty of acts of omissions and commissions.

Sadly, Sonia and Rahul and the privileged class.

People like them have reasons to put their perceived immunity from law on show. The last time and the only time the Gandhi family faced major allegations of corruption was when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name figured in the Bofors howitzer gun deal. And Rajiv Gandhi emerged unscathed despite there being evidence of kickbacks in the charges of corruption, though the scandal brought him down from power.

And why Rajiv Gandhi only? None of the accused in the Bofors scandal got punished despite there being enough evidence. One of the key accused, Ottavio Quattrochchi, the Italian representative of Snamprogetti in India, was allowed to flee the country owing to his proximity to the Gandhi family. After more than 25 years of cat and mouse game, the Bofors case lies buried in the files in courtrooms and government offices.

Sonia knows very well, and so does the political class, that nothing much is likely to come out of the chopper deal. The scandal has already turned into more of a political slugfest than a criminal, legal case to be fought and won in a courtroom. Her confidence in cocking a snook at law emanates from general experience and sense of entitlement to immunity.

One of the fiercest political battles the country witnessed was between Indira Gandhi and Jayaprakash Narayan in the 1970s, which led to the defeat of the Congress. At no point of time did JP speak any jumla like “I’m not afraid of anyone” though he faced the full might of the Indira government and spent 19 months in jail under the Emergency rule.

JP could indeed not have been scared of anyone. He had undergone third-degree torture under the British rule, escaped from jail to participate in the Quit India movement. Yet, he never put on the sort of arrogance one can Sonia and Rahul showing in public life.

Our local JNU hero Kanhaiya Kumar is another jumla man. In a fantastic turnaround of career, he fancies himself taking on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He says the government is going after him because Modi is scared of him. Yet, he has been using “I’m not scared of anyone” jumla.

Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, who were major student leaders of their time and who spent 19 months in jail during the Emergency didn’t ever declare with any sense of arrogance and pomp that they were not scared of anyone. They also didn’t fancy themselves taking on Indira Gandhi as student leaders. They were under no such delusion because they were led by JP.

The bravados of Sonia and Rahul take me to school days. Only two sorts of boys used to crow all the time that they were not afraid of anyone. One, the class bullies and the other who got bullied. The bullies had to repeat the jumla to spread a psychological fear and the bullied used the same jumla to fight off their fear.

Most people, most of the mango people so to say, are scared of many things. Police, government machineries, courts and such things do scare law-abiding citizens when they are involved or get accused of any wrongdoing. Aren’t Sonia and Rahul law-abiding citizens?

Look who has offered to pay Kanhaiya Kumar’s fine

JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar who is out on bail in a sedition case on Saturday claimed that contractual labourers of Mumbai Municipal Corporation have volunteered to pay the fine slapped on him by the varsity in connection with the February 9 event.”Contract labourers of Mumbai Municipal Corporation have collected 10K to pay my fine. We will not pay the fine and fight the unfair HLEC of JNU. But our solidarity long live! Chatra, Mazdoor, Kisaan ekta Zindabad!,” he said in a series of tweets.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 29-year-old research scholar, who is among those on an indefinite hunger strike in protest against punishments awarded by JNU for involvement in the event, is in Patna on Saturday for a student meeting.
ALSO READ JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar gets red carpet welcome in BiharHe also visited his family in Begusarai. Following the Patna visit he has plans to go to Kerala to campaign for a fellow JNU student who is in the fray for May 16 elections.Kanhaiya along with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in connection with an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. They are now out on bail.On the basis of the recommendations of a university probe panel, JNU had earlier this week announced punishments against several students in connection with the event.While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of “indiscipline and misconduct”, Umar, Anirban and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations.Financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students. Hostel facilities of two students have been withdrawn and the university has declared the campus out of bounds for two former students.ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, who was complainant of the event, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic.25 students including 5 ABVP members are sitting on indefinite hunger strike since Thursday in protest against the punishments.Bollywood director Vivek Agnihotri, who has claimed the plot of his film Buddha In A Traffic Jam is similar to the ongoing controversy at JNU, had also offered to pay fine of Saurabh.

Love them or hate them: Kanhaiya and comrades display the merits of social sciences

The rise of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and his band of comrades will have enhanced the prestige and underscored the significance of the social sciences-humanities. This is because these are precisely the subjects Kanhaiya and his friends study.

They have not only upturned the stereotyping of the social sciences-humanities, which have been stigmatised in the popular consciousness for long, but will likely inspire students in high schools and colleges to emulate the leaders in studying the subjects that have given them such a sharp edge.

Ironically, their rise will turn parents apprehensive of the social sciences, to which will be ascribed the radical politics of JNU, perceived dangerous by the more conservative older generation.

It won’t just be because of what the social sciences taught Kanhaiya and his band, but also because these subjects are perceived to provide ample time to students to while away. Parents will invoke that asinine cliché — an idle mind is the devil’s workshop — to justify their fears

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid. PTI

File image of Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid. PTI

There are two principal reasons for the stigmatisation of social sciences.

One, it is considered a risky proposition to study these subjects, which do not ensure a job, let alone a high-paying one. By contrast, engineering or medical or management studies are said to guarantee a livelihood.

From the first reason flows the second. Since there exists a hierarchy of subjects, on the pinnacle of which are the sciences, it is presumed a student opts for the social sciences only in the absence of any other choice. After all, a student, it is argued, can switch from the science stream to the humanities in college, but cannot do it the other way round.

In this debate, therefore, the factors of aptitude and inclination are discounted. These are seen as dubious arguments to portray compulsion as choice. From this perspective, the “intelligent” or “brainy” students are the science types, the rest less so.

This popular belief, or stereotyping, of subjects and their students have been left shattered as Kanhaiya and his comrades hop from one campus to another, critiquing not only the government but also society and polity. Their critique, no doubt, is from the perspective of the Left, but it does have the intellectual heft — and style — many of our seasoned politicians, including Rahul Gandhi, do not possess.

Their critique is intelligible and engaging and full of mirth. They are what they are also because they are students of the social sciences, evident from their speeches. It is more likely for a non-science student than a science one to point out to journalists, as Kanhaiya did after his release from incarceration, the difference between deshdrohi (anti-national) and rajdrohi (anti-state or anti-government).

But what is even more significant is that they are socially-conscionable and sensitive to the suffering of masses. Their empathy appears real to their listeners. But they also possess the rare analytical skills, acquired through their years of doing their respective PhD programmes, to deconstruct the social system to explain the appalling socioeconomic inequities of our society and existing structures of dominance.

Partly, their sensitivity — as also rage — arises because some of them have experienced a paucity of resources. But a large part of it is because of their grounding in the social sciences and the humanities. These are the subjects that create and preserve collective memory.

It is our collective memory that contributes to our identity — of what we were, and what we are, and what we wish to become. Its successive layers tell us tales of dominance and subjugation, hope and hopelessness. It outlines the contours of change and locates us as a group, as also an individual, in driving it. From the experiences coded in collective memory, we have evolved a sense of what policies and actions are inimical to our communitarian living — and those that are beneficial.

This is one reason why in the speeches of Kanhaiya and others you have glimpses from the past.

You hear of BR Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule, Sant Tukaram, and Kabir and, in the same breath, you are told of how the caste system shackles social groups. It is because of their social science background that Ambedkar is linked to Karl Marx, Phule with Vladimir Lenin, caste with class — a linkage the veterans of Left could never forge so effortlessly with such panache, and eliciting such a response.

The sciences, commerce, engineering or medical studies, and commerce do not inculcate in the students the same sense and sensitivity to the past as the social sciences do. Technical education, for instance, has as its obsession the present, the here and now. Its theme is efficiency through changes technological in nature.

Technological changes transform the material life of human beings as also them. But studying this change in human beings and how they organise themselves as a collective is the staple of social science studies. It creates a register of who gains and who loses out in the transformation — and why the losers languish on the margins. It asks the question: Who enjoys better access to technology, and why?

These issues do not overly concern the sciences, though there are exceptions among some of its students. It doesn’t, for instance, interrogate the distribution of power and wealth in society. Rather it adjusts to it for achieving its goals. In this sense it is status quo-ist, not so the social sciences.

It isn’t, therefore, a coincidence that Kanhaiya and other JNU students who have been in the limelight recently have a non-science background. Kanhaiya is in International Studies, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid are doing their PhDs in history, Rama Naga is writing his MPhil thesis on agrarian relations and the role of the corporate sector, and Ashutosh Kumar is engaged in Russian Studies.

You have Mujeeb Gattoo doing a PhD in education — he is one of the two who was surprisingly punished by the JNU authorities. Even the ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma, an opponent of Kanhaiya and his friends, has a social science background.

A little different from them is Shehla Rashid, who did her engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, then embarked on a management course and worked in the private sector. But reportedly finding her job meaningless, and therefore dissatisfying, she entered JNU to take a course on Law and Governance.

So perhaps, among them all, Shehla symbolises the meaning social sciences give — and which the study of the sciences can’t. The sciences, very broadly, seeks to discover laws behind the working of our physical world. The social sciences seek to change the laws governing society, laws which are malleable and a human construct.

This is why social science students obsess with change and social justice. The sciences, too, engage with change, arguably in a more verifiable way, but the driver of this change is efficiency, of doing the same thing in quicker and fewer steps.

It is because the social sciences judge change — whether or not it is just — and their students become protesters and dissidents, raising the banner of revolt. This is what has made Kanhaiya Kumar and his comrades — who, in the process, have given value to the social sciences in a context in which studies of any kind too have been commodified, with their worth measured in terms of the money they can generate.

The author is a journalist in Delhi. His novel The Hour Before Dawn is available in bookstores

JNU row: 25 students on indefinite hunger strike against punishments awarded to Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban

Two groups of JNU students are sitting on an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the punishments awarded by the university in connection with the controversial February 9 event. While five protesting students are from ABVP, 20 others including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar belong to different groups.The hunger strike began at midnight after the students took out a torchlight march from Ganga Dhaba to administration block, which has been the venue of protest ever since Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case over the event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were arrested in the case are now out on bail. The university had earlier this week announced punishments to various students on basis of recommendations of a five-member probe panel.While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of “indiscipline and misconduct”, Umar, Anirban and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varied durations. Fourteen students have been imposed financial penalty, hostel facilities of two students have been withdrawn and university has declared the campus out of bounds for two former students.”The administration thought that if the action is taken during exams there will be no protests from students. Please do not question our intelligentsia, we can write our thesis while sitting on protest and clear our exams,” Kanhaiya said.”This High-level drama of high-level committee was the reason behind suicide of Rohith Vemula. We do not want to learn things by losing our lives but by fighting these agendas,” he added.The protesting students also include the ones who have not been punished but are agitating in solidarity. “What kind of students does JNU administration want? The boot-licking, opportunist, pro-establishment, pro-administration types, who will stand against their own fraternity, in the hope of being favoured by the government of the day?,” JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora said.The ABVP members who are sitting on a separate strike, are agitating demanding withdrawal of penalty on Saurabh Kumar Sharma who was complainant of the event. Sharma, who is the lone ABVP member in JNU students union has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic.The ABVP is alleging that the university has equated “nationalists” and “anti-nationals” while deciding the punishments and has set a bad precedent by criminalising “patriotism”. The university officials reiterated their stand that the decision was made after thorough investigation by the probe panel and are in accordance with varsity norms.

AAP, Delhi Police face off in Kanhaiya bail cancellation plea

New Delhi:  The hearing on pleas seeking cancellation of interim bail granted to JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar on 28 Apr witnessed a confrontation between the AAP government and Delhi Police in the Delhi High Court over the issue of representing the state. There are two petitions seeking cancellation of Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail.

One petition sought direction for initiation of perjury proceedings against the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president for allegedly filing a false affidavit to obtain bail. Another petitioner  sought cancellation of the bail on the ground that his speeches subsequent to his release were “anti-national” which violated the bail conditions.

During the hearing before a bench of Justice P S Teji, Delhi government’s senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra objected to the presence of advocates Shailendra Babbar and Anil Soni, who were appointed as special public prosecutors (SPPs) for representing the Delhi Police in the matter.

AAP govt and Delhi HC face off during hearing of pleas seeking cancellation of Kanhaiya's interim bail. ReutersAAP govt and Delhi HC face off during hearing of pleas seeking cancellation of Kanhaiya's interim bail. Reuters

AAP govt and Delhi Police face off during hearing of pleas seeking cancellation of Kanhaiya’s interim bail. Reuters

“I am objecting to their presence,” Mehra told the bench after which Babbar said they have been appointed as SPPs by the Lieutenant Governor to represent police in the matter.

The court, however, directed both of them to file their replies within four weeks on the pleas seeking cancellation of interim bail granted to Kanhaiya for allegedly violating bail conditions.

“Say whatever you both want to say in your replies. I want everything in black and white,” the court said.

“It would be in the interest of justice that replies be filed by both Rahul Mehra and Shailendra Babbar within four weeks,” the court said and fixed the matter for hearing on July 19.

During the hearing, Mehra told the bench that the petitioners have to first satisfy the court about their locus in filing such petition.

After Mehra raised the issue of locus of the petitioners, the bench said, “Let us have the replies first. Whatever you
want to say, say in your replies.”

“These objections (raised by Mehra on the locus of petitioners and presence of SPPs appearing for the police) cannot be entertained orally,” the bench said.

AAP government had earlier told the court that there was no violation of any bail condition by the student leader. The police had earlier said that it cannot comment on the pleas seeking cancellation of interim bail granted to Kanhaiya without verifying facts and they were investigating whether any bail condition was violated.

Separate pleas have been filed in the high court seeking cancellation of interim bail to Kanhaiya on the ground that his speech after his release from Tihar Jail here in March was “anti-national” and he had violated the bail conditions.

Besides seeking cancellation of interim bail, one of the petitioners has moved another plea for initiation of perjury proceedings against Kanhaiya alleging that he had “deliberately and willfully filed a false affidavit” before the court while securing the relief.

Kanhaiya, who was granted six months interim bail on March 2 by the high court, is facing a sedition charge in connection with an event at JNU on February 9 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hailed as a ‘martyr’.

JNU ‘criminalising patriotism,’ claims ABVP, seeks withdrawal of punishment to its leader

New Delhi: JNU has failed to distinguish between nationalists and anti-nationals while deciding the punishment to students in connection with the controversial 9 February event and has “criminalised” patriotism, members of ABVP alleged on Wednesday.

The university officials, however, maintained that decision has been made after thorough investigation by a five-member probe panel and the punishments have been announced in accordance with the varsity norms.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. AFP

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. AFP

Five members of ABVP which is BJP’s student wing, are on hunger strike since Tuesday demanding withdrawal of punishment orders for Saurabh Sharma, who is the lone ABVP member in JNU students union.

Sharma, JNUSU Joint Secretary, was the main complainant of the event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Following his complaint on day of the event, JNU administration had withdrawn the permission for the programme but the organisers had gone ahead with it.

However, a high-level committee of the university probing the issue has found Sharma “guilty” of blocking the traffic and he has been imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000.

“JNU administration has failed to distinguish between the acts of nationalist and those of anti-Indians. It has infact equated them. We believe that the punishment awarded to Saurabh Sharma for stopping the anti-national procession is a sad incident of criminalising patriotism and nation-service,” ABVP said in a statement.

“He was acting as a responsible citizen of India and it was his fundamental duty as per the Constitution to uphold the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India. We want his punishment to be revoked as this shall set a precedent whereby the every nationalist student shall fear to oppose the anti-national events in the campus,” it added.

Responding to the allegations a senior university official said, “the sequence of events has been thoroughly probed by the five-member probe committee and the decision has been taken in accordance with university norms.”

Terming the decision of the enquiry committee an act of “cowardice, compromise and collusion”, ABVP has sought an assurance from the administration that “such anti-national and seditious event shall not take in future”.

“The arbitrariness of punishment reveals the buckling of the JNU administration under pressure from students union and teachers association. One of the participants of the event is a daughter of a politician and has not been given any punishment. Some of them are the habitual offenders and awarding feather-like punishment is making heroes out of demons,” ABVP said.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattachayra were arrested on the charge of sedition in February in connection with the controversial event and are out on bail.

While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of “indiscipline and misconduct”, Umar, Anirban and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varied durations.

Case still in court, JNU’s pre-judicial punishment to Kanhaiya, Anirban and Umar is a travesty of justice

The JNU administration has achieved the impossible. Perhaps for the first time in JNU’s history, it has united the Left and Right against a draconian decision.

On Sunday, the JNU administration imposed a wide range of penalties and punishments on more than a dozen students. Some of them, including Kanhaiya Kumar and Rama Naga, have been let off with fines and penalties. But Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb Gatoo, a surprise addition to the list of the usual suspects, have been suspended and banned from the campus.

Here is the delicious irony: Among those penalised is Saurabh Sharma, the ABVP joint secretary of the JNU students’ union who had complained about anti-national slogans and activities on the campus in February.

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya at JNU campus. PTI

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya at JNU campus. PTI

If the quantum of punishment is any indication, Kanhaiya Kumar and Saurabh Sharma have been found guilty of similar offences, whatever they may be, making the ABVP leader bawl about injustice. Poor Saurabh seems to have got the sharp end of the stick in the wrong place. While Kanhaiya has become something of a hero for his defiance, Saurabh would become a butt of jokes for being punished in spite of his obsequious compliance!

Before we see the decision for what it is — farce masquerading as justice — a word about the JNU administration’s courage. After waiting for several weeks, it has struck against Kanhaiya Kumar and his azaadi gang on the eve of exams. Aware that the pursuit of a degree may appear more pragmatic to students than the pursuit of justice, the administration is hoping that its decision would not be resisted much. On the scale of courage, this must rank at par with committing a burglary in a vacant house in the dead of night, hoping nobody would notice or resist. In a few days we would get to know if the treachery would be accepted in silence or the campus would go up again in flames, as it should.

But, what exactly are the students being punished for? For shouting anti-national slogans? But, nobody has proved conclusively who were the masked men who shouted those ugly slogans and disappeared. The tapes that were shown as evidence of the purported anti-national slogans are suspected to be doctored, those behind them are currently facing a Delhi government probe. So, what exactly is the fault of the students found guilty?

For sedition? The Indian courts are already in the process of deciding whether Kanhaiya, Umar, Anirban and their associates are guilty of treason and inciting rebellion and violence. Since the verdict is pending, how could the JNU administration pronounce not just its judgment but also read out a draconian sentence? Or, has the vice-chancellor of the university and his bench decided that there is no point waiting for courts, trusting the judiciary?

For argument’s sake, what if the court’s decide that the student were innocent? Will the JNU be able to give back students what it is depriving them of in haste? Sounds very much like

Andhaa Kanoon

, no?

Ironically, the JNU administration is itself in the dock for twiddling its thumbs when it should have acted, and then acting in haste when it should have waited for the courts to decide the cases against students. When it allowed a minor incident, repeat a minor incident, on a campus dhaba to turn into a national farce, the administration was guilty of  being a mute spectator. Now, when the case is sub-judice, it wants to act tough and pass pre-judicial judgments, when it should have ideally let the embers cool down and wait for the trial to end.

Perhaps the administration wants to punish students for indiscipline, for organising a controversial political discussion on Afzal Guru in the name of a cultural event. But handing out bans and long suspensions for organising debates and discussions is like bringing on tanks to deal with a verbal argument.

For a change, even the ABVP may agree.

BJP MLA Ashish Shelar criticises Uddhav Thackeray for remarks on Kanhaiya

BJP Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar on Tuesday criticised Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray who recently took on the Centre for branding JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar as “anti-national”.”How can Shiv Sena support Kanhaiya Kumar, who is being prosecuted for holding a programme to mourn on death anniversary of terrorist Afzal Guru?” Shelar asked.Thackeray had recently said, “It is wrong to brand Kanhaiya as anti-national and slapping sedition case against him. He is not anti-national. Who gave birth to Kanhaiya, Hardik Patel and Rohith Vemula? The government should ponder over it.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To this, Shelar stressed that sedition charges against Kanhaiya are not for his criticism of the Centre, but for the alleged anti-national sloganeering in JNU at a programme organised on the death anniversary of Afzal Guru.”Afzal was hanged for his involvement in the attack on the Parliament. How can Shiv Sena support someone who hails Afzal? What has caused this 360 degree ideological shift in the Shiv Sena’s stand?” the BJP leader asked.
ALSO READ Shiv Sena’s alliance with BJP is for Hindutva, not power, says Uddhav ThackerayMeanwhile, in what is being seen as the beginning of a campaign for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections next year, the city BJP has planned to celebrate Maharashtra Day, on May 1, on a bigger scale this year.”We have planned 2-3 programmes each in all the 227 municipal wards. The programmes include health camps, blood donation camps, road shows, and cultural programmes. The programmes would start early morning and would go on till late in night on May 1.
ALSO READ Kanhaiya Kumar is not anti-national: Uddhav Thackeray”Party workers would be decorating over 200 traffic squares across the city and would convey (to people) the important decisions made by the Union and state government,” Shelar said.”BJP as a party has been celebrating statehood day for a long time. This year it is on a bit bigger scale,” he said.He said party workers would reach out to the people of the city with a slogan ‘Our Aim Developed Mumbai’.”All the MPs, MLAs and state-level leaders would participate in these ward level programmes,” Shelar said.The programmes on May 1 would be followed by a door-to-door communication drive where the party workers would try to reach out to every household across the city between May 3 and 9, he added.

JNUSU rejects the punishment, says Kanhaiya Kumar after being slapped a fine by varsity

JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya on Monday said the decision to rusticate them from the varsity was “unacceptable” and termed as “farce” the inquiry by a high-level committee even as the students’ union threatened a countrywide campaign on the matter.In his reaction, JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 by the varsity administration, said the punitive action handed down on the basis of a “farcical” probe was “simply unacceptable” and that the Union rejects it.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming the decision against them as “unacceptable”, Anirban and Umar alleged the authority’s action amounted to a “witch-hunt” under the “diktats” of RSS.”The JNU administration declares its allegiance to RSS, once again! After allowing police to enter campus to unleash the worst repression…now the JNU admin has come down with its own list of punishments. A farce is what this inquiry has been from day one, made to witch-hunt and punish students by hook or crook. Do we need to remind you, Mr Jagdish Kumar (JNU VC) that unlike you the students and teachers of this campus are not pliant stooges of the RSS,” Umar posted on Facebook.JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid Shora said, “We will launch a countrywide campaign to expose this government s anti-student, anti-Dalit character.”Shehla said the action against the students was based on “sheer vendetta and a biased inquiry” and “one-sided” statements from ABVP members.”The VC is taking directions from the Central govt. He should have acted first as an academician and then as an RSS loyalist. Rakesh Bhatnagar, the head of the committee, is the treasurer of anti-reservationist Youth for Equality, and most students who have been punished belong to Dalit, Muslim and backward castes,” she said.JNU on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on JNUSU president Kumar and rusticated PhD scholars Umar and Anirban for varying duration in connection with the controversial February 9 event for which they were charged with sedition, an action which had triggered widespread outrage and protests.Based on the findings of a committee, Umar has been rusticated for one semester and slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000, Anirban has been rusticated till July 15.

JNU rusticates Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya; Rs 10,000 fine on Kanhaiya Kumar

The JNU on Monday rusticated Umar Khalid and two other students for varying duration and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kanhaiya Kumar 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.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students union president Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban were arrested on charges of sedition in February in connection with the controversial event and are out on bail. Their arrest had triggered widespread protests. 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.A high-level committee constituted by the university to probe the February 9 event found ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, who had objected to the event, “guilty” of blocking traffic on the day of the event and penalised him with Rs 20,000. Surprisingly, Aishwarya Adhikari, whose name was not mentioned in the report, has also been imposed the same penalty.”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 told PTI.”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. He said financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students including Kanhaiya who has been penalised with Rs 10,000.While Umar and Anirban were found guilty of triggering communal violence and disrupting communal harmony on campus, Mujeeb was found guilty of participating in the sloganeering.The report of the five-member panel had also pointed out lapses on part of administration and taken into account the role of outsiders into the event. However, no action has been taken against any administrative official.”As per the committee findings, application for holding this event ‘circumvented’ the ‘permission process’ and ‘the organisers disobeyed the instructions from the administration’ not to hold it and that amounted to ‘willful defiance’,” the JNU official said.He said disciplinary measures have been taken for not following university procedures, providing misinformation to the university, misconduct and indiscipline, causing and colluding in the unauthorised entry of any person into the campus, putting up objectionable posters, arousing communal, caste or regional feelings and creating disharmony, blockade or forceful prevention of any normal movement of traffic and violation of security, safety rules notified by the university.Based on the preliminary report of the committee, the university had suspended eight students, however, their suspension was revoked when the panel had submitted it report on March 11.

Shiv Sena hits out at PM Modi, says he should have taken out time to visit drought-hit Marathwada

Taking a dig at Narendra Modi for his poll campaign in north eastern states, Shiv Sena on Monday said the Prime Minister should have taken out time to visit drought-hit Marathwada as well.The Sena also said that though the PM has become a “global leader” now, people of India need him the most.”Modi has become a global leader now and he is going across the world as the Prime Minister of India. People of this country are reeling under drought and are dying of hunger and thirst. The feeling among the people is that he should stay in the country and worry for the people,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”India needs to be saved to save our global leadership,” it said.It would have been good if Modi had taken out time to spend two days in Marathwada, which is reeling under a severe drought, the Sena said.
ALSO READ Nothing wrong in Congress demanding discussion on Uttarakhand issue: Shiv Sena”Modi is campaigning for elections in West Bengal and Assam. But people of Marathwada will not forget that he did not hear their cries,” it said.Attacking the government, the ruling alliance partner said BJP needs to introspect as to who is responsible for the “making” of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU Students’ Union leader.
ALSO READ Shiv Sena’s alliance with BJP is for Hindutva, not power, says Uddhav Thackeray”Kanhaiya Kumar is not capable enough to comment on Modi.But, BJP needs to introspect on who is responsible for his making,” it said.
ALSO READ Maharashtra local polls: Sena mocks BJP’s defeat, says never expected winds of change so soonKanhaiya had hit the headlines after being arrested on charges of sedition in the aftermath of an event on the JNU campus during which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.The JNU student leader had recently come down heavily on the Modi dispensation, terming it a “government of selfies and jumlas” as he pushed for enactment of a law to prevent caste-based prejudice in educational institutions.The Sena also reminded Modi that the promises he made before elections, like bringing ‘acche din’ in the country, getting black money back and generating two crore jobs every year, have not been fulfilled as yet.

Assault allegations untrue, it was a ‘cheap publicity stunt’: Kanhaiya Kumar’s ‘assailant’

Kanhaiya Kumar,  JNU Student Union’s President, alleged that on his way to Pune from Mumbai, a man tried to “strangulate” him on board a Jet Airways flight on Sunday.

The passenger, who allegedly strangled Kanhaiya, denies all claims of any attack and said it was a ‘cheap publicity’ stunt by the JUNSU president, adding “My hand just happened to brush his neck as I was trying to balance myself on an aching leg. I do not know him personally though I have seen his pictures,” reported Hindustan Times. 

The Mumbai Police said that the student leader was involved in a tussle with a fellow passenger when the aircraft was on the tarmac at the Mumbai airport.

After Kanhaiya brought the issue up with Jet Airways officials, they off-loaded Kanhaiya and the assailant, identified as Manas Deka from the aircraft. Kanhaiya’s companions were also asked to get off the flight, reported the Hindustan Times.

Kanhaiya, agitated with Jet Airways deplaning him, tweeted the following:

Manas Deka, a TSC employee, was returning to Pune from Kolkata. The Kolkata-Mumbai-Pune flight halted at Mumbai for half an hour, according to a report in The Indian Express.  Described as a ‘strong BJP supporter’ in Kanhaiya’s tweet, Deka denied being a BJP supporter and even said that he has never voted in his entire life, added The Indian Express report.

According to Deka’s statement, he “accidentally tripped” on Kanhaiya as there was little space to walk and that he “immediately apologised,” said The Indian Express report. Deka further added that three or four more passengers, who he believes were Kanhaiya’s companions, started to accuse him of trying to strangle Kanhaiya and this prompted the student leader to join in the outcry.

The Hindustan Times report said that the Maharashtra government has ordered a probe into the matter. The report added that a non-cognisable complaint was registered against Deka first and then by Sunday afternoon, a complaint against Kanhaiya was also registered. A senior police official, speaking to Hindustan Times said that it was one of Kanhaiya’s associates that filed the complaint against Deka and further added that Kanhaiya also refused to undergo a medical examination to assert the strangulation.

Maharashtra’s minister of state (home) Ram Shinde, said that Kanhaiya was trying to malign BJP’s image and added that he had been provided full security on the aircraft, reported Hindustan Times. The report added “Kanhaiya Kumar was travelling with three other persons. He had been allotted a window seat and thus, while crossing over apassenger who was seated in the middle, he got into a fight with him. The other passenger did not even know this man was Kanhaiya Kumar and he, too, is alleging he was beaten up by the student leader,” Shinde said.

Jet Airways issued an official statement which said that some guests “have been off-loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.”

CPI to raise issue of repeated attacks on Kanhaiya Kumar in Parliament

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Monday said that it will raise the issue of repeated attacks on Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in the second part of the Parliament Session beginning from today.”We will raise the issue of continuing attack on the JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. It is not in one place, wherever he goes, the lynching mob is there to attack him. It is a very serious issue. The Home Minister and the government will have to react how the ultra-right wing forces are allowed to play havoc in our society,” CPI leader D. Raja told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kanhaiya on Sunday claimed that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter tried to strangle him inside a Jet Airways aircraft in Mumbai, following which he was asked to deplane after he complained about the assault.This was not the first time that Kanhaiya was assaulted, as several attempts have been made in the past on the fiery student leader, who shot to fame after his arrest and release on sedition charges for organising an event at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.Earlier, slippers, shoes were hurled at Kanhaiya in Nagpur where he was addressing a public meeting on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar. On the same day, some men reportedly belonging to Bajrang Dal attacked Kanhaiya’s car when he arrived in the city.

Mumbai police refutes Kanhaiya Kumar’s allegations of assault on flight

Mumbai police on Sunday refuted allegations by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar that a fellow passenger on a flight had attempted to strangle him.Earlier in the day, Kumar alleged a person tried to strangle him when he boarded a flight from Mumbai to Pune. He also claimed the attacker was a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).However, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Mumbai, Deven Bharti, denied the allegations.”Kanhaiya Kumar has not lodged any complaint despite our request from the senior inspector of Sahar Police Station and another senior officer. Whatever has been alleged by his friend, in our enquiry, we found it not to be true,” said Bharti.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar and the alleged attacker were made to deboard at the Mumbai airport after the incident. The student leader later travelled to Pune by road to attend an event. Kumar was arrested and charged with sedition for being involved in an event in the JNU campus commemorating the hanging of 2001 parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at the event.Two other students of JNU, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were also arrested in connection with the event. Later, all three were released on bail.

Kanhaiya Kumar’s allegations untrue, says Mumbai Police

The Mumbai police said on Sunday that the allegations made by Kanhaiya Kumar of being strangulated by a co-passenger in a flight ‘were not true’.Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner as per The Indian Express, said, “Whatever has been alleged by Kanhaiya’s friend, in our inquiry we’ve found it not to be true.”On Sunday morning, Kanhaiya Kumar had alleged that a co-passenger had tried to strangle him inside a Jet aircraft flying from Mumbai to Pune. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kanhaiya then made several tweets in connection with the issue:Following the incident, the man, identified as Manas Jyoti Deka (33), an employee of TCS in Pune, was detained and a non-cognisable offence filed at Mumbai airport, police said.Deka dismissed the charge of attack and dubbed it as a “cheap publicity” stunt by the 29-year-old student leader.”My hand just happened to brush his neck as I was trying to balance myself on an aching leg. I do not know him personally though I have seen his pictures. This is being done for cheap publicity,” Manas told reporters in Mumbai.Following the incident, Maharashtra Minister of State (Home) Ram Shinde said Kanhaiya was trying to malign the image of the BJP-led state government. “He had been provided full security by the state government till the time he boarded the aircraft. Nobody can be given security once inside the plane. I, too, do not get security while I am flying,” Shinde told PTI.”Kanhaiya Kumar was travelling with three other persons. He had been allotted a window seat and thus, while crossing over a passenger who was seated in the middle, he got into a fight with him. The other passenger did not even know this man was Kanhaiya Kumar and he, too, is alleging he was beaten up by the student leader,” Shinde said.(With PTI inputs)

Instead of giving them proper guidance, the govt is misleading the youth: Uddhav hits out at BJP

Nashik: In a veiled attack on the Narendra Modi government, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday that instead of guiding the youth in the right direction, it has “given birth” to Rohith Vemula, Hardik Patel and Kanhaiya Kumar, the youth figures who have been in news in the last few months.

India has a big population of youths. Instead of giving them proper guidance and directions, the government is “misleading” them, he said and cited the examples of Rohit Vemula (Dalit scholar who committed suicide in Hyderabad University), Hardik Patel (Gujarat Patel quota stir leader who is in jail) and JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar (who has been charged with sedition).

A file photo of Uddhav Thackeray and Narendra Modi. PTIA file photo of Uddhav Thackeray and Narendra Modi. PTI

A file photo of Uddhav Thackeray and Narendra Modi. PTI

He, however, did not name BJP or the Modi government.

The Modi government has come under attack over the way it has handled the issues related to these three youths.

When Patel became popular, he was charged with sedition, and now Kumar is fighting against the government, Uddhav said, and asked, “Who gave birth to these youths?”

Youths of the country required proper guidance and direction and it is not wrong to give advice to our friend (BJP) with whom we have an alliance, he told reporters here.

“We will oppose any bifurcation of Maharashtra,” the Sena leader said in the backdrop of ongoing debate on separate Vidarbha.

Uddhav Thackeray targets BJP government over Kanhaiya Kumar and Hardik Patel

In a veiled attack on the Narendra Modi government, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said instead of guiding the youth in the right direction, it has “given birth” to Rohith Vemula, Hardik Patel and Kanhaiya Kumar, the youth figures who have been in news in the last few months.”India has a big population of youths. Instead of giving them proper guidance and directions, the government is “misleading” them,” he said and cited the examples of Rohit Vemula (Dalit scholar who committed suicide in Hyderabad University), Hardik Patel (Gujarat Patel quota stir leader who is in jail) and JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar (who has been charged with sedition). He, however, did not name BJP or the Modi government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Modi government has come under attack over the way it has handled the issues related to these three youths.When Patel became popular, he was charged with sedition, and now Kumar is fighting against the government, Uddhav said, and asked, “Who gave birth to these youths?” Youths of the country required proper guidance and direction and it is not wrong to give advice to our friend (BJP) with whom we have an alliance, he told reporters.”We will oppose any bifurcation of Maharashtra,” the Sena leader said in the backdrop of ongoing debate on separate Vidarbha.

Kanhaiya deplaned: How did alleged strangulation turn into blue murder?

This piece is a response to an article by Bikram Vohra titled ‘Jet did the right thing by deplaning Kanhaiya and assailant: Here’s why

First, read it.

Done?

Sunday morning TV channels and various publications, including Firstpost, reported that the JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man on a Jet Airways flight tried to strangle him. Everyone who carried the piece were very careful to use the word ‘alleged’. It was imperative because the strangulation, which was alleged, was not confirmed in those words. Jet Airways released this one line statement after the news broke: “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.”

This was the only confirmed statement media houses received, after Kanhaiya alleged the ‘strangulation’. The Jet Airways statement did not mention names, it did not mention strangle or strangulation. What we know for sure is that two people were deplaned because they posed a threat to the flight’s operational safety. Except for these facts, everything else is hearsay. Even what Kanhaiya Kumar claims.

But clearly we do not know enough. Because here’s this piece that will tell you that Kanhaiya Kumar was ‘strangled’ because he made “enemies”. Because that’s the treatment you get when “you go around having vituperative outbursts on the mike and being petty in that the comments on the IPL and linking it to the drought were pointless since the courts have already issued marching orders.” Who cares about facts? This is how it is. If it is a person we do not agree with, strangulated or not, he should be deplaned. Because the Montreal Convention tells us so. Ok, I might get accused of getting personal here.

Let me rephrase.

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. News 18A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. News 18

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. News 18

It takes a strong feeling of complete displeasure to overlook an alleged situation and make it a real one and then blame the alleged victim for the problem. It is probable that Kanhaiya might have blown the thing out of proportion, but we still do not know that. The only information, believable information, is that two people were deplaned. But off late there’s this overwhelming need for people to take a side and prove that the side they are on is right. Pun unintended.

Kanhaiya Kumar catapulted to popularity after a video surfaced in which he was shown shouting anti-national slogans — it later turned out to be a doctored video. Rest is history.

He was in prison for 21 days. He was beaten up by goons dressed as lawyers in the Patiala House court premises in New Delhi. There were sedition charges. His supporters were arrested after a dramatic chase (and all of this is very un-alleged). But the JNUSU president emerged fearless and even more determined to take on a government he was not happy with. What is the harm in that? Let’s say this boy does actually want to join Indian politics. So what? Aren’t we taught our entire lives to speak our mind? Yet, when there’s an example of a PhD scholar from a so-called ‘left-leaning’ college standing up and fighting for what he and his fellow mates believe in, there are skirmishes. There is mud-slinging. There is politics of sorts. And that’s when Kanhaiya, from a student who speaks his mind, becomes a Kanhaiya, someone who speaks the language of a Congress or a Left Front. Wait for a while, soon Kanhaiya will be blamed for being pro-BJP!

According to the author, Kanhaiya should “stop whining” because he has “become mean, cheap and tacky and your speeches are now demagoguery at its worst best. And when all you do is underscore problems and offer not a scintilla of solution then you have great nuisance value but that is it.” And precisely for this reason he has created the situation he is in.

So, today if I have a problem with a political leader with heavy clout and crazy mass following in the country, it’s totally justifiable for someone to “strangle” me and then deplane me because of a Convention. And if I try to talk about it, I will be told that I deserved it. There’s a word for such extreme reactions and it starts with I.

The author of the aforementioned article is not at fault here, the problem is with the thinking. The attitude that every voice that says a different thing has to be muffled into something which soothes your senses and suits your sensibility. Otherwise, you belong in Pakistan. You cannot be an Indian.

I agree on one point with this author. “No pilot in this day and age is going to tolerate an on-board physical scuffle.” True. But it becomes a big deal because the person involved is Kanhaiya Kumar and guess what, we did not make him a celebrity, the haters did. They hated him so much that he is everywhere now and they don’t know what to do with the sheer magnitude. So when this author says:

“…Do not flatter yourself.
You were not singled out, dude, cool it…”

I am sure Kanhaiya is feeling super cool right now. Seeing journalists slugging it out for or against him. But he too would be a fool to do that. It is not about him. It is what he represents.

Kanhaiya Kumar alleges that ‘BJP supporter’ tried to strangle him on flight

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft.

He further alleged that the Jet Airways staff refused to take action against the man who assaulted him. Reports said that both, Kumar and the man who allegedly assaulted him, were deplaned after the clash.

The student leader, who was on way to Pune this morning to address an event in Mumbai, claimed his assailant was a BJP supporter called Manas Deka, who works with the TCS.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Jet Airways issued a statement but did not respond to Kanhaiya’s charges against them. “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.” Police carried out an initial probe and revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument.

Kanhaiya’s allegation comes just a day after he had lashed out at the Narendra Modi dispensation, terming it a “government of selfies and jumlas” as he pushed for enactment of a law to prevent caste-based prejudice in educational institutions.

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

The JNUSU President, who hit headlines after being arrested on charges of sedition in the aftermath of an event at the JNU campus where alleged anti-India slogans were raised, had gone hammer and tongs against the NDA-led Centre and its pet projects.

“The Modi government is coining only jumlas (idiomatic expressions) such as Make in India, which should actually be Fake in India; Stand Up India, Start Up India, Selfie with Daughter etc. It has become a government of selfies and ‘jumlas’.

“The reality is these are only tall promises by which the government is fooling the public as nothing positive was coming off the ground,” he had said.

The 29-year-old was speaking on the topic ‘Student-Youth Assembly Against Discrimination’ at an event in suburban Tilak Nagar.

Kumar had said that at a time when entire Marathwada region in Maharashtra was reeling under drought, “RSS-led government” was busy holding IPL matches in the state.

“I heard a wax statue of Modiji has been carved out. I also heard a 12-year old girl in Marathwada died as she ventured out to fetch water in scorching heat. Let that wax statue of Modiji be put in Marathwada,” he had said.

Kumar, who had earlier ruled out campaigning in the West Bengal and Kerala Assembly polls, has now decided to support a fellow JNU comrade who is in the fray for the 16 May elections in Kerala, according to PTI.

Ever since he walked out of Tihar jail, Kumar had been maintaining he was a student and not a “politician” and that he had no plans of campaigning in the Assembly polls.

However, he said that he decided to join the campaign after Muhammed Muhassin, CPI candidate for Pattambi seat in Palakkad, mooted the idea. “He has stood by me, so I decided to hit the campaign trail,” Kanhaiya said.

With inputs from PTI

Man tries to strangulate Kanhaiya Kumar on Jet airways flight, detained

In a shocking incident, a man allegedly tried to strangulate JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on board a Jet airways flight. The man was later detained, PTI reported.Kanhaiya Kumar in a series of tweets narrated the incident. He alleged that a man tried to strangulate him. The student leader also complained that Jet Airways didn’t take any step against the man after the incident. He said, <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, revealing the attacker’s name, Kanhaiya alleged that the person is a strong supporter of BJP and works for IT giant TCS. Jet airways on its part issued a statement saying, “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Mumbai to Pune were off loaded at Mumbai airport in interest of operational safety. At Jet Airways, the safety and security of our guests and crew is always of prime importance”.Kanhaiya Kumar shot to national fame after he was arrested on sedition charges after a pro-Afzal program was held in JNU where he was allegedly present. Kanhaiya was attacked inside the Patiala court house premises. He has also been attacked inside JNU. Plans have been uncovered of people trying to kill him. Kanhaiya’s car was stoned when he came to Nagpur last week to attend a program on BR Ambedkar. This incident is only the latest in the series of attacks against the new anti-Modi posterboy.

JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar deplaned after alleging that man tried to strangle him

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft.

He further alleged that the Jet Airways staff refused to take action against the man who assaulted him. Reports said that both, Kumar and the man who allegedly assaulted him, were deplaned after the clash.

The student leader, who was on way to Pune this morning to address an event in Mumbai, claimed his assailant was a BJP supporter called Manas Deka, who works with the TCS.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Jet Airways issued a statement but did not respond to Kanhaiya’s charges against them. “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.” Police carried out an initial probe and revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument.

Kanhaiya’s allegation comes just a day after he had lashed out at the Narendra Modi dispensation, terming it a “government of selfies and jumlas” as he pushed for enactment of a law to prevent caste-based prejudice in educational institutions.

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

The JNUSU President, who hit headlines after being arrested on charges of sedition in the aftermath of an event at the JNU campus where alleged anti-India slogans were raised, had gone hammer and tongs against the NDA-led Centre and its pet projects.

“The Modi government is coining only jumlas (idiomatic expressions) such as Make in India, which should actually be Fake in India; Stand Up India, Start Up India, Selfie with Daughter etc. It has become a government of selfies and ‘jumlas’.

“The reality is these are only tall promises by which the government is fooling the public as nothing positive was coming off the ground,” he had said.

The 29-year-old was speaking on the topic ‘Student-Youth Assembly Against Discrimination’ at an event in suburban Tilak Nagar.

Kumar had said that at a time when entire Marathwada region in Maharashtra was reeling under drought, “RSS-led government” was busy holding IPL matches in the state.

“I heard a wax statue of Modiji has been carved out. I also heard a 12-year old girl in Marathwada died as she ventured out to fetch water in scorching heat. Let that wax statue of Modiji be put in Marathwada,” he had said.

Kumar, who had earlier ruled out campaigning in the West Bengal and Kerala Assembly polls, has now decided to support a fellow JNU comrade who is in the fray for the 16 May elections in Kerala, according to PTI.

Ever since he walked out of Tihar jail, Kumar had been maintaining he was a student and not a “politician” and that he had no plans of campaigning in the Assembly polls.

However, he said that he decided to join the campaign after Muhammed Muhassin, CPI candidate for Pattambi seat in Palakkad, mooted the idea. “He has stood by me, so I decided to hit the campaign trail,” Kanhaiya said.

With inputs from PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar to get police notice ahead of Pune event today

JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar who is scheduled to address an event in Pune on Sunday, will be issued a pre-emptive notice in which he will be asked to abstain from making any provocative and inciting statements, city police said on Saturday.”After Kanhaiya Kumar comes to the city, he will be issued a notice under section 144 of CrPC asking him to abstain from making any provocative and inciting statements during his speech so that social harmony will be maintained,” Additional Commissioner of Police C Wakade said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police also informed that permission to the event titled as “Rohith Act and safeguarding Indian Constitution” scheduled to be held at Balgandharva Rangmandir, has been given and adequate police bandobast will be deployed at the venue.Preventive notices have been issued to some right-wing organisations which could disrupt the event, he said. “Approximately 250 police personnel, including senior officers of the ranks of DCP, ACP and Police Inspector, will be deployed to make sure that no untoward incident takes place during the event,” said Wakade.He said Kanhaiya will be given police cover to and from the venue. Progressive Students Youth Action Committee, which has organised the event, had yesterday said it has changed the venue in view of the preconditions imposed by the police.The programme, which was earlier scheduled to take place on the premises of Rashtra Seva Dal, was shifted to Balgandharva auditorium, where they got police permission. Local police station had issued a notice to the organisers asking them to fulfil some conditions, such as conducting a fire and structural audit of the venue which prompted them to shift the venue.

Maharashtra: Pune cops demand fire and structural audit for Kanhaiya Kumar’s rally

Pune police have asked organisers of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s April 24 rally here to fulfill certain pre-conditions for permission for the event, including a fire and structural safety audit.Progressive Students Youth Action Committee, which has invited Kumar, said the notice was a ruse to deny permission.”We had decided to hold the event on the premises of Rashtra Seva Dal and had sought permission from police. Police served us a notice late last night, and we have been asked to fulfil certain pre conditions,” said Girish Phonde, a member of the organising committee.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The notice asked the organisers to conduct “fire and structural audit” of the place, and also warned that as the sitting capacity of the venue is not more than 400, there could be a pandemonium if more people turned out.It also asked the organisers to provide enough parking space, and warned of law and order issues because of anti-social elements in the area.Phonde alleged that these were “pressurising tactics” and a ruse to deny the permission.”We are determined to hold the rally and more and more people will attend it. We are thinking of changing the venue,” he said.Today, police issued a fresh notice saying the permission will be denied if the conditions were not fulfilled, he said.A senior police official told PTI, “We are committed to giving adequate security to the event to avoid untoward incidents. But the organisers should fulfil the conditions as asked by the local police station.”When organisers applied for permission four to five days ago, they had not mentioned the venue, he said.”After we came to know about the venue, we visited the place and found that it’s a very congested area and that’s why certain preconditions were prescribed,” he said.

Security for Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid beefed up following death threats

Delhi police has beefed up the security of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid following the recovery of a letter threatening to behead the two and a gun in a bus operating between an ISBT and the varsity’s campus.The university students who have been agitating ever since they were arrested in a sedition case over an event on campus, meanwhile, demanded that the JNU administration lodge a police complaint against various individuals who have been issuing threats to Kumar and others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A country-made pistol and a threat letter against Kumar, purportedly written by a man who had earlier threatened the student leader over Facebook, were recovered from a bus operating between Kashmere Gate ISBT and the university campus on Thursday evening, a senior police official said on Friday. It was the driver of the bus who spotted an unclaimed bag and raised an alarm. He also registered a complaint at a police station in New Delhi district.”The security provisions have been enhanced in view of the threat perception,” the official said.Police is trying to ascertain identity of the bag’s owner and several persons have been questioned. With the gun, there was also a letter which said that Kanhaiya and Umar Khalid will be decapitated, he added.The letter was purportedly written by a person who had threatened Kumar over Facebook earlier saying that men with weapons are already present inside the campus, ready to kill him any moment, police said.Kumar doesn’t get security cover inside the campus but the university authorities have clearly been instructed to inform Vasant Kunj (North) police station every time he leaves the campus and security is provided accordingly. Agitated over the alleged inaction by JNU administration over the issue, JNU students union demanded that the matter of security be raised by the Vice Chancellor with the police.”I have repeatedly alerted the JNU administration to these threats. But there’s no positive response. We are disappointed by the silence of the administration and VC on this issue. Is the VC under pressure from the Modi government to not act against those issuing threats? Or, is the JNU administration being deliberately complacent?,” JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid Shora said.”We want the VC to raise the issue with police and lodge an FIR against those issuing threats. The sense of impunity which goons and murderers are perceiving under Modi govt has to be ended. The sense that nothing will happen emboldens them,” she added.Kumar, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in February in a sedition case over an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid get more security after threat letter, pistol found on bus

A country-made pistol and a threat letter against JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, purportedly written by a man who had earlier threatened the student leader over Facebook, were recovered from a bus operating between an ISBT and JNU campus following which Delhi Police is mulling enhancing his security.The weapon was recovered in a bus operating between Kashmere Gate ISBT and the JNU campus, after the driver spotted an unclaimed bag and raised an alarm.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police is trying to ascertain identity of the bag’s owner and several persons have been questioned, a senior official said today.
ALSO READ JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar attacked with shoes during Nagpur rallyWith the gun, there was also a letter which said that Kanhaiya and Umar Khalid, who were arrested under sedition charge over a controversial event in JNU campus, will be decapitated.The letter was purportedly written by the person who had threatened Kumar over Facebook earlier saying that men with weapons are already present inside the campus, ready to kill him any moment, the official said.
ALSO READ Nagpur: Bajrang Dal workers attack Kanhaiya Kumar’s car, 5 detained Kumar doesn’t get security cover inside the campus but the university authorities have clearly been instructed to inform Vasant Kunj (North) police station everytime he leaves the campus and security is provided accordingly.After the alert, the police are likely to increase his security cover and also enhance vigil around the JNU area, the official added.

JNU students’ fellowships denial ‘technical error’ says University

New Delhi: Amid allegations by JNU students who were debarred in connection with the controversial Afzal Guru event that there fellowships have been denied, the university today clarified that the non-disbursement is due to “technical error” and not “intentional”.

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The university also maintained that a final decision on the quantum of punishment for the students in connection with the event has not been reached yet. Two scholars, Shweta Raj and JNU students union Rama Naga, had last week claimed that he university has denied their fellowships saying they are till under suspension.

Shweta and Naga, along with six other students were academically debarred by the university for over a month in connection with an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. JNU had revoked the suspension on March 11, after a high-level committee probing the issue submitted its report.

“The denial of fellowships to these students is not intentional but due to a technical error. The letter about revoking of their suspension from chief proctor’s office has not reached the fellowships department yet and hence the confusion. We are looking into the matter,” JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said.

Kumar also rubbished talks about the university having reached a final decision regarding the quantum of punishment for students involved in the event, as “rumours”.

“These are all rumours. The university has not taken a decision yet. The Vice Chancellor and other administrative officials are not in Delhi and a final decision in this regard can be reached only when they are back,” he said.

While the Chief Proctor who is supposed to take a call on all disciplinary issues is in Manipur with other senior administrative officials for a three-day workshop on disaster management, the Vice Chancellor who is the final authority on punishments is out of town following his mother’s death.

Three students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in a sedition case over the event. They are now out on bail. The high-level committee probing the issue had found some students guilty of violating disciplinary norms of the university and disrupting communal harmony on campus. The panel is also believed to have recommended rustication of five students including Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban and a monetary penalty for others.

Will name my kid ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, quips Kanhaiya Kumar

JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar has landed himself in a controversy for his remarks that he will name his wife and children as “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.Kanhaiya, who is out on conditional bail in a case of sedition, said at an event on Friday that “they say, nation is everything, you have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai. So I thought when I will be married I will suggest my wife to bear the name ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. I will also name my children as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and change my name also as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”So when my children will go to school and teachers will ask them their parents’ names, they will reply ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. This way they will get free education and they will not have to pay fees,” he said. The case of sedition against Kanhaiya was registered in connection with an event held on JNU campus on February 9, against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

JNU row: Suspended student alleges university denied her fellowship

JNU student Shweta Raj, who was among those suspended for over a month in connection with the controversial Afzal Guru event, on Friday alleged that the university has denied her fellowship claiming she is under suspension. University officials, however, refused to comment on the issue saying they need to check her application for fellowship.Raj was among the eight students who were placed under suspension by the university pending an enquiry in connection with the event in campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU had revoked the suspension on March 11, after a high-level committee probing the issue submitted its report.”The university officials told me that they have no information about revoking of my suspension and hence my fellowship can’t be disbursed. The varsity has been publically claiming that our suspension has been revoked and we have been allowed to rejoin classes. How is this possible then,” claimed Raj, a PhD scholar at JNU’s Centre for Indian languages.She maintained that the fellowship amount in question pertains to July 2015-January 2016 period and hence the university should have no grounds to deny that in connection with the February 9 event which happened much later.The university is yet to decide on the punishment to students in connection with the incident after the probe panel had submitted its report over the controversial incident.Three students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in a sedition case over the event. They are now out on bail.

Ex-serviceman files complaint against Kanhaiya Kumar for his remarks against Indian Army

Dharamshala: Ex-serviceman and national shooter Kahan Singh Thakur on Wednesday filed a complaint against JNU Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar in a district court in Dharamshala for his alleged derogatory remarks against the Army at an event in Delhi.

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

The complaint was filed in the Kangra District and Sessions Court under Section 124-A (sedition), 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505 and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.

“I have registered a complaint in the court against the JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar today for not apologising for his remarks on Indian soldiers,” Thakur said.

The complaint was filed as the deadline for Kanhaiya to reply to his notice ended on 27 March.

Kahan’s counsel Vishav Chakshu said Kanhaiya, on the occasion of Women’s Day in Delhi, had said we will raise our voice against Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), while we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel.

Kanhaiya also made similar remarks about security forces in Rwanda, Africa and Gujarat, where the women were not just killed but were raped first.

Terming as “highly obnoxious and irresponsible” an attempt to “attempt to vilify the forces” Kanhaiya’s remark, a legal notice was sent to him on 14 March seeking a public apology within 15 days, Chakshu said.

Kanhaiya neither replied to the notice, nor apologised for his derogatory remarks against the Army, he said, adding that the case will come up for hearing on 12 April.

Ex-serviceman files complaint against Kanhaiya Kumar for his derogatory remarks against Army

Ex-serviceman and national shooter Kahan Singh Thakur on Wednesday filed a complaint against JNU Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar in a district court for his alleged derogatory remarks against the Army at an event in Delhi.The complaint was filed in the Kangra District and Sessions Court under Section 124-A (sedition), 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505 and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I have registered a complaint in the court against the JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar today for not apologising for his remarks on Indian soldiers,” Thakur said.The complaint was filed as the dead line for Kanhaiya to reply to his notice ended on March 27.Kahan’s counsel Vishav Chakshu said Kanhaiya, on the occasion of Women’s Day in Delhi, had said we will raise our voice against Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), while we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel.Kanhaiya also made similar remarks about security forces in Rwanda, Africa and Gujarat, where the women were not just killed but were raped first.Terming as “highly obnoxious and irresponsible” an attempt to “attempt to vilify the forces” Kanhaiya’s remark, a legal notice was sent to him on March 14 seeking a public apology within 15 days, Chakshu said.Kanhaiya neither replied to the notice, nor apologised for his derogatory remarks against the Army, he said, adding that the case will come up for hearing on April 12.

JNU being ranked top university is ‘ironical’: Student leaders

Students leaders in JNU, which featured in the list of top ranking institutions in the country by the Centre, said it was “ironical” that the varsity was being recognised for its “autonomy”.”This hasn’t come as a surprise to us because JNU has always been ranked among top institutions. What is ironical is that the university has been awarded the top ranking for its autonomy by the Ministry which has been trying to attack us for months. We are thankful to the minister for this ironical certification. It will satisfy many who are concerned about taxpayers’ money being wasted by JNU students,” JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar, who is out on bail in a sedition case and has been critical of HRD Minister Smriti Irani in all his speeches, said “when it comes to social sciences, JNU has always been ranked the best. It is also noteworthy that what are the variables based on which the universities have been ranked”.JNU and Hyderabad university, which have been at the centre of controversies recently, top the list of central varsities while IIT-Madras and IIM-Bangalore lead among technology and management institutions, according to the first ever domestic ranking released on Monday by government.JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga said “the rankings are not surprising but ironical. They (government) target our autonomy and later certify us for being among the top autonomous institutions.”Students’ Union vice-president Shehla Rashid Shora said “The world knows that JNU students do not go places by rot learning by mugging up facts but by real-life experiences. The ranking contradicts the government’s stand on the university but we are proud of it.”The varsity administration also issued a statement, saying “it is an exciting news to know that JNU finds place in top echelons of the Indian universities despite its broad-based nature of research and teaching”.Earlier on Monday, the HRD minister released the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) covering 3,500 different institutes in four categories.JNU, which has been at the centre of a major row over a controversial event and the subsequent arrest of Kumar, is ahead of all other central universities while Central University of Hyderabad, which has been rocked by protests after the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, is placed fourth.

JNU row: Varsity seeks legal opinion over punishment to students

New Delhi: JNU is believed to be seeking legal opinion over punishment to a few students in connection with an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

According to sources, the Chief Proctor’s office is seeking legal opinion on the quantum of punishment to the students in connection with the controversial 9 February event. If the authorities decide to press ahead with penal action against the students, it is likely to kick off a fresh round of protests.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

While the university panel probing the issue had submitted its report on 11 March, the varsity is yet to take a final call on the issue.

“It is a sensitive issue and the university doesn’t intend to be unfair to anybody. Keeping the discipline norms in mind the quantum of punishment will be decided but it has to be made sure first that the penalty should be legally justified,” sources said.

After a high-level committee of the university found them “guilty” of “violating university norms and discipline rules”, show-cause notices were issued to 21 students on 14 March, asking them to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them. The students had earlier refused to depose before the probe committee, demanding that the enquiry be started afresh.

The varsity, however, turned down the demand and maintained that the students will be given three chances to appear before the disciplinary committee and, if they fail to do so, the panel will finalise its recommendations on the basis of evidence available, eyewitness accounts, students’ deposition, if any, and other material available on hand.

The students, who had refused to accept the findings of the probe panel, had sent “token” replies to the
administration saying they cannot respond to “undefined” charges.

The administration had also communicated to the students that if they do not reply to the show-cause notice, “it will be assumed that they did not have anything to say in the matter and the office will proceed further in the matter.”

The report of the five-member panel has pointed at lapses on part of the students as well as the administration. However, no explanation has been sought from any of the administrative officials.
Taking into account the role of outsiders in the controversial event, the university panel has found Umar
Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, both of whom face sedition charges, “guilty” of arousing communal, caste or regional feeling or creating disharmony among students.

While no specific charges have been made out against students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has also been slapped with a sedition case in connection with the event, the university has found ABVP member Saurabh Sharma “guilty” of blocking traffic on 9 February, the day the controversial programme was held.

The university had on 11 March revoked the academic suspension of eight students including Kanhaiya after the probe panel submitted its report. The probe panel is believed to have recommended rustication of Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar, Anirban and two other students for their alleged role in the event.