JNU teachers join strike, to take ‘nationalism’ classes,HC rejects NIA probe

NEW DELHI: JNU teachers today joined the students in boycotting classes in protest against arrest of its student union leader in a sedition case and said they would take classes on “nationalism” in the varsity lawns. The one-and-half-hour long lecture on “nationalism ” will be held every evening at 5 in front of the administration block.

The students had yesterday gone on an indefinite strike till JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar is released and the sedition case against him dropped.

After 10 teachers and a group of students were attacked yesterday in Patiala House court complex where Kanhaiya was produced yesterday, the teachers association decided to join the students in boycotting classes.

“The administration is not only acting against students but also against teachers and we are being openly attacked while the V-C stays mum over it. The entire world is now referring to JNU as a hub of anti-nationals on basis of propaganda of few people in power. It is time we teach our students what nationalism is,” said Rohith Azad, a faculty member, who was among those who were attacked yesterday.

Journalists take out protest

Following the attack on journalists outside Patiala House yesterday, the media fraternity took out a protest march. Photo: Shiv Sunny

Widespread outrage

JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which ‘anti-India’ slogans were alleged to have been raised.

His arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties.

The university teachers had earlier rallied behind its protesting students and questioned the administration’s decision to allow the police crackdown on the campus even as they appealed to the public not to “brand” the institution as “anti-national” but they had not joined the strike earlier.

Teachers’ bodies of 40 central universities and Pune-based FTII had also come out in support of the agitating students, saying it is an issue of “indiscipline” and not “sedition.”

Over 400 academicians from international varsities, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, SOAS, University of Toronto, McGill, King’s College, University of California, Berkeley and New York University have also expressed solidarity with JNU students condemning the “illegal” detention and “autocratic” suspension of students.

The Delhi HC has rejected a probe. The court observed that the NIA probe into JNU incident, Delhi HC termed it ‘premature’. Delhi HC said that incident happened on 9th February, so ‘can’t assume that Delhi Police is not investigating’.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will hear the plea seeking a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the sedition case against Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

The plea has been mentioned before a bench of Justices B D Ahmed and R K Gauba. It has also sought a judicial inquiry in the entire case, soon after a group of men in lawyers’ robes were seen thrashing students and journalists in the nearby Patiala House court complex yesterday. The petition alleged that Delhi Police was not investigating the case properly and the matter should be transferred to the NIA. The bench yesterday posted the matter for hearing today. It also observed that the Delhi Police was already conducting a probe and would take the case to its logical conclusion.

With agencies 

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