Delhi High Court halts JNU action against Umar Khalid & Anirban
The High Court of Delhi has given a stay on Jawahar Lal Nehru University Administration action against Umar Khalid & Anirban Bhattacharya. These two students were accused under section 124-A of IPC (sedition). The High Court has asked JNU administration to hold till their appeals are disposed of by University’s Apellate Authority.
The relief was granted on same grounds on which JNUSU President Kanahiya Kumar & others were exempted on May 13th 2016. However during the hearing, the court clarified that if the petitioner’s appeals are rejected, the appellate authority’s order would not be given effect for a period of two weeks. Also the protection given to Anirban & Umar are conditional as Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) is asked not to indulge in any “dharna” or Protest.
It is to be noted here that Umar Khalid was fined for Rs. 20,000/- and rusticated for a semester. Whereas Mr Bhattacharya was first rusticated till July 15 and asked to complete and submit his thesis by July 22 and was barred from the university campus for five years after July 23.
Umar Khalid & Anirban Bhattacharya along with Kanhaiya Kumar are accused under section 124A of IPC of The Indian Sedition Law.