After receiving support from Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over the JNU controversy, Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday found another unexpected ally.

This time it is the Hindu Sant Mahasabha, which admitted to being wrong in labeling Kumar as anti-national.
As per a Times of India report, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, the president of the organisation, was quoted in the report as saying that they were misled by the “BJP propaganda” against Kumar and his fellow JNU scholars Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Maharaj said “It is quite shameless and completely wrong to brand innocent students as anti-national when their views are completely within the purview of the Constitution”.

After following the case properly and getting into the details it was clear to me that the BJP has been trying to make scapegoat of them, Maharaj told The Times of India.
JNU administration on Monday slapped a fine of ₹10,000 on Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and a Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gattoo , based on the reports of a high-level enquiry committee (HLEC) set -up by the varsity administration.

Khalid has been rusticated for one semester and has also been slapped a fine of ₹20,000. Anirban Bhattacharya has been rusticated till 15 July and barred from JNU campus for a period of five years starting 23 July.
JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban were arrested on charges of sedition after a controversial event held in the varsity on February 9, sparking widespread protests at JNU and many other universities.

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