The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has blocked the registration of all 21 students related toFebruary 9 sedition issue in JNU campus. Their registration for next semester has been blocked and the circular was signed by JNU registrar Pramod Kumar.
The list of 21 students includes JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were arrested under sedition charges over the event and later released on bail. The event where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised by the accused, was one organised to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The circular bearing the names of the students carried a noting by JNU registrar, that read, “The registration of the following students should be blocked till further notice.”
Although the university authorities cited non-payment of fee as the reason, the affected students protested this move and termed it as a violation of the court order.
“It’s a violation of the High Court order which has prevented university from acting against us,” said Ashutosh, one of the 21. They said that the online system which generated their registration folio informed that all 21 students were blocked as they had not paid fines imposed by the administration.
Interestingly, ABVP member and joint secretary of JNUSU, Saurabh Sharma’s registration has also been blocked. Alleging that he was being punished for acting against “anti-national” elements, he said, “The JNU administration has blocked registration of 21 students for the next semester. The charge against me is that I stopped those who raised anti-national slogans on the campus.” He further said the high court had directed for an appellate committee hear the version of the accused students but it has not come out with its report.
The enquiry by the JNU administration had indicted 21 people, including two academics from outside the varsity. Umar, Anirban, and another student Mujeeb, were rusticated in April, while others were expelled from their hostels or fined. This was followed by a fortnight -long hunger strike which ended with the Delhi High Court asking the JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar to decide on students’ appeals.