Afzal Guru event: JNU panel holds 21 students ‘guilty of indiscipline’


New Delhi:  The Jawaharlal Nehru University panel, which heard the pleas of 21 students in connection with February 09 event, has found all of them guilty of indiscipline.

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"The panel has found guilty the 21 students who were penalised in connection with the February 9 event. The punishment still stands, but fine imposed on a few students has been reduced. Fresh letters informing them of the decision have been issued," a source said.

The 21 students were slapped with varied punishments ranging from rustication, hostel debarment to financial penalty on basis of the probe by the HLEC which found them guilty of violation of disciplinary norms.

While the appellate authority granted relief to some students by reducing the financial penalty, The punishment granted to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya remained same. There was no word on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Khalid, Bhattacharya and Kumar were arrested in a sedition case over the event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised and are now out on bail.

On February 9, an event was organised on the JNU campus to commemorate the third anniversary of Parliament terror attack convict Afzal Guru's execution. After anti-India slogans were raised at the event, Kumar was arrested on charge of sedition. He was granted bail for six months by the Delhi High Court on March 2.

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