The report by the high level internal inquiry committee, constituted to probe the February 9 incident where, allegedly 'anti-national' slogans were raised during an event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, has recommended rustication of two JNU students and imposition of fines on at least 21 students. Twenty-one JNU students are served a show-cause notice.
The punishment may include "short term rustication and fines". "The committee had recommended that Umar and Anirban be rusticated for one full semester while all the other students found violating university rules will be fined," said a source.
“How can the inquiry committee come to a conclusion when our side was not heard,” asked Anant, one of the students, who was issued the notice.
An official statement from the university said that, “The high level inquiry committee constituted by the VC to inquire into the incident has submitted a unanimous report. As per the report, some students have been found to have violated the university rules and norms. There are standard provisions in the university to take action in such cases. The high-level inquiry is based on the rules of discipline and proper conduct of JNU. The VC has apprised the Dean’s Committee of the summary of the inquiry committee recommendations. The office of the Chief Proctor would take further action by issuing show-cause notices to the concerned students who have been found violating the rules and norms of the university.”
Delhi police's anti-terror unit, the Special Cell, also visited JNU campus to seize laptops and mobile phone of two students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhatacharya, who are currently lodged in Tihar jail. "We had officially approached the university administration last week and informed it that we would be needing laptops and mobile phones of Umar and Anirban. When we had asked the duo about the same during interrogation they had told us that their laptops were in their respective rooms. Hence it was imperative to take the administration on board as the said items are required for the ongoing investigation,"said a senior police official of the special cell.