The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed JNU to allow submission of theses and hostel facility to five students who were penalised in connection with a 2016 campus event in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
Justice Siddharth Mridul told the varsity to ensure the students in question are allowed to submit their theses, continue in their hostels and their application for registration for the next academic year is accepted.
The court, however, told the students that “there should be no hubris that you have an order from the HC”.
“It should not turn into the aftermath of an English-France soccer match. You [students] cannot take the law into your hand,” the judge said.
Over 2016 incident
The five students along with 10 others, including former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, were found guilty of violation of disciplinary norms in connection with the February 9, 2016, incident on the campus by a five-member panel of the university.
The panel in its July 4 order had imposed on them varying punishments, which also comprised monetary fines and withdrawal of hostel facilities.
The panel’s order imposing Rs. 10,000 fine on Mr. Kumar was set aside by the court on July 20 and JNU had said it would recall its decision regarding the student leader. Several students, including Umar Khalid, had moved the High Court seeking quashing of the July 4 order imposing punishments on them.
It should not turn into the aftermath of an English-France soccer match. You [students] cannot take the law into your hand
Justice Siddharth Mridul
High Court judge
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