The Opposition in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday condemned the rustication of the three students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, calling the move by the varsity administration as “most arrogant and anti-democratic”. Raising the issue in the house, CPI-M member Tapan Kumar Sen said that debarring the students for five years is taking vengeance against their educational career. CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury sought a proper debate on the matter. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad supported the Left in their argument against the rustication. Congress leader Anand Sharma further alleged the HRD Minister Smriti Irani for ‘vitiating’ the University space.

JNU on Monday presented the report of the High Level Enquiry Committee, rusticating Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb Mattoo. Kanhaiya has been fined with Rs 10000, whereas JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga has been fined Rs 20,000. A total of 14 other students have been fined. Two ex-students have also been made ‘out of bounds’. Umar and Anirban have been rusticated for a semester each from July 25, whereas Mujeeb has been rusticated for two semesters. Khalid may also have to cough up Rs 20,000 as fine by May 13.

On February 9, a group of former DSU (Democratic Students Union) students had organised an event titled ‘The Country without a post-office’ to commemorate the second death anniversary of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

JNUSU and JNUTA confirm that the findings of the committee are coloured and they would oppose the “farcical HLEC report” further stating that the composition of the committee stands in stark contradiction to the JNU constitution.

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