JNU May Rusticate Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya: Report

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) may rusticate its students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are out on bail after their arrest in February on charges of sedition.

Two other students are also likely to be rusticated for organising an event to protest against the 2013 hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, according to a news report.

The students may be barred from the university and may not be allowed to stay in the JNU hostel for two semesters. They may also be asked to pay Rs 10,000 each towards fine, the reports said.

The decision follows an internal inquiry conducted by the JNU management. The inquiry committee had found out that 21 students were guilty of organising the controversial pro-Afzal Guru event and the alleged anti-national sloganeering in February this year.

The report said that other students, including the former JNUSU president Ashutosh, former JNUSU vice-president Anant, and the incumbent general secretary Rama Naga, among others, too may be suspended.

Action is likely against JNUSU joint-secretary and AVBP leader Saurabh Sharma too. Though none of the students have received any formal communication from the university management yet, these students will have to vacate the hostels for the tenure of the punishment.

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