High Court directs students of JNU to end hunger strike

JNU hunger strike in progress. Photo: Vijay Pandey
JNU hunger strike in progress. Photo: Vijay Pandey

The High Court of Delhi has asked Kanhaiya Kumar, President, Students’ Union of Jawahar Lal Nehru University to end the indefinite hunger strike being carried by the students.

As per the high court, they would hear their writ petitions challenging the varsity’s disciplinary action only if they end the agitation. In an undertaking the High court took from Kumar, it has been affirmed that he will allow the university to function properly and there will not be any sort of agitation.

Through online sources, the court convinces Kumar to have faith in the judiciary, that it will resolve the matter issue. As Justice Manmohan said, “You (Kanhaiya) can ‘articulate’ to the students sitting on hunger strike from past 16 days to end the agitation, allowing the university to ‘function properly’. “You (Kanhaiya) are a ranger and if you speak to the students, they will abide by you and will end their strike. You withdraw this agitation as you can do it.”

The matter has been adjourned by the court until the students’ leader communicates further over the issue. Challenging the fines imposed upon them by the university for alleged role in that controversial event which took place within the premises on 9 February, the students filed petitions.

According to The Hindu, JNU has taken different actions ranging from rustication to debarment, varsity and imposition of fines against the petitioners and other students and research scholars.

Kanhaiya, Ashwati A Nair, Aishwariya Adhikari, Komal Mohite, Chintu Kumari, Anwesha Chakraborty have challenged the JNU’s order against them. Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya went to the court to speak against their rustication, following which, Anirban Bhattacharyahas been barred from JNU Campius for five years and Umar Khalid has been imposed to pay a fine of 20,000 rupees.