JNU sedition case: Court extends interim relief for Khalid, Bhattacharya


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court extended the interim relief to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya to 29 September. Both had sought directions against the decision of Appellate Authority of JNU with regard to rustication and fines imposed on them. Both have been charged with sedition.

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On Monday, JNU was directed by the Delhi High Court not to implement for a week the order passed by its appellate authority holding some students including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya guilty of indiscipline in connection with the controversial February 9 event. The direction came on pleas by Khalid and Bhattacharya, who were penalised along with 19 others, including Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, challenging the findings of the appellate authority.

During the hearing on the petitions filed by Khalid and Bhattacharya, their lawyers told Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva that the operation of the August 22 order of appellate authority has to be stayed as it would come into effect September 6.

In May, the high court had put on hold the disciplinary action against these students by the varsity till their appeals were decided by the JNU's appellate authority. It had also said if the appeals were rejected, then the order of appellate authority would not be given effect to till a period of two weeks.

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