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JNU Row: Action against Kanhaiya Kumar, others after replies to show cause notice

DELHI(PTI): The JNU authorities on Tuesday said a decision on what action should be taken against Kanhaiya Kumar and other students will depend on their replies to the show cause notices issued to them, a day after a high-level panel recommended their rustication over the controversial February 9 event.

A high-level committee appointed by the university to probe the event organised to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and JKLF leader Maqbool Bhat, besides other related issues had yesterday recommended expulsion of JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya, PhD scholars Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, and two others. Based on the findings of the panel, the varsity has issued show cause notices to 21 students including Kanhaiya, who is out on bail, as well as Umar and Anirban, currently in judicial custody on sedition charges.

When asked about the recommendation by the committee to expel him and four other students, Kanhaiya said, “I did receive a show cause notice but there was nothing about rustication in it.” The students who have been served the show cause notices said they will hold a meeting tonight to decide whether to respond to them or not.

ABVP leader Saurabh Sharma, who is joint secretary of JNUSU, has also been served a show cause notice. Sharma was alleged to have stopped some buses during the controversial event in violation of traffic rules. “What should I reply to? There are no charges mentioned. It just says I have been found guilty but for what,” said Anant, a former JNUSU Vice President. Meanwhile, a section of JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) has asked the varsity administration to make the report of the probe committee public.

“Not making the report public is the first indication of the enquiry not being transparent. Rather than letting people speculate, they should disclose the recommendations of the enquiry committee,” JNUTA General Secretary Bikramaditya Chaudhury said.

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