Delhi High Court stays JNU disciplinary action on Umar, Anirban

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Delhi-HC1The Delhi High Court has stayed disciplinary action taken by JNU administration against students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, accused of sedition till their appeals against the said decision are decided by the JNU’s appellate authority.

The duo had allegedly taken part in an event held on February 9 where slogans were raised in favour of Afzal Guru.

On 13 May, the HC had granted relief to JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others against whom the varsity had taken action after the 9 February event.

While passing the order, the court said Umar and Anirban were entitled to the same order passed by it on 13 May for Kanhaiya and others.

While Umar was rusticated for one semester and fined Rs 20,000, Anirban was rusticated till  July 15 and after July 23 was rusticated till five years. He was, however, given a week between July 16 to 22 to complete his thesis.

Umar and Anirban have said in their applications that they would move the appellate authority against the action taken by Jawaharlal Nehru Universty (JNU) based on the recommendations of an enquiry committee. On 10 May, the JNU had decided to extend the date of deposit of fine in Umar’s case.