20 students get notices for confining VC
The JNU administration issued notices to about 20 students which includes Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid who had been accused of sedition last year. It sought the explanation for the "illegal confinement" of Vice Chancellor and other officials. The JNU students exasperated with the VC and other senior management had confined them in the university for over 20 hours.
On 9th February, JNU students led a protest against Afzal Guru's death penalty, hanged in 2013 for orchestrating the Indian Parliament attack in 2001. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleged that anti-India slogans were called out during the protest and released a video depicting students chanting slogans. The protests sparked nation-wide condemnation and drew sharp criticism over its alleged 'anti-national' sentiment.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared that the Government would not allow such 'anti-national' activities to prevail in educational institutions. The then Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani also condemned the incident and said she would look into the rules governing Central universities in India. JNU Student Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on charges of sedition for his role in organizing the event.
The Congress and left parties lashed out against the BJP, drawing parallels to the situation during the emergency period. The Hurriyat Conference defended the JNU protest as a 'peaceful protest' within the ambit of democracy. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accused PM Modi of using the police to 'terrorize' people and ordered a magisterial probe to investigate the legality of Kumar's arrest.
Teachers from 40 Central Universities and students of Film and Television Institute of India protested the sedition charges against Kumar. Students alleged foul play by the Delhi police personnel, who had taken no measures to control the violence. Former students of JNU, many of whom serve in Indian civil services also threatened to return their degrees over the Government's handling of the situation.
The High Court directed the Delhi police to file a status report of its investigation in the case in which Kanhaiya has been arrested. The Delhi Police inquiry has so far failed to gather evidence that proved that Kanhaiya was involved in chanting anti-national slogans on JNU campus. Meanwhile, Delhi Commissioner Bassi opposed Kanhaiya's bail stating that his release could adversely affect the investigation.
Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, two of the five JNU students facing sedition charges, surrendered before the Delhi police yesterday night after the Delhi high court ordered them to surrender. The students were escorted out of the campus by security and handed over to the police waiting outside JNU. Ashutosh Kumar, Anant Prakash and Rama Naga are the other 3 students facing sedition charges.
The Delhi Police informed the High Court that JNU Students' Union President Kanhaiya Kumar had actually "organized" the Afzal Guru event on the campus. The police also claimed that besides Kanhaiya and the other accused, some "foreign elements" were present at the event. Police said they were looking for linkages between Kanhaiya, the other JNU students and the "foreign elements" who were present.
Forensic probe on the contentious Jawaharlal Nehru University case showed that no 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans were present in the videos and that the "words inciting violence were doctored". Hyderabad-based Truth Labs found out that 2 of the 7 videos sent for probe by the Delhi Government were doctored. These were the videos that were telecasted on channels and circulated on the internet.
JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar was granted bail by the Delhi High Court nearly three weeks after he was arrested on sedition charges. The court asked Kanhaiya to guarantee that he would not participate in any "anti-national activity" and that he would appear whenever required for investigations. Meanwhile, the Delhi Government's inquiry found no evidence that Kanhaiya raised anti-national slogans at the JNU protests.
JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya arrested on sedition charges for allegedly shouting "anti-national" slogans were granted an interim bail for 6 months by a Delhi court. Additional sessions judge Reeteesh Singh ordered the students to deposit a personal bond of Rs.25,000 each and a bail of the similar amount. Both men were directed by the court to not leave the city.
In the sedition case caused by anti-India sloganeering at the JNU campus in New Delhi, Kanhaiya Kumar and two fellow students were granted regular bail. Delhi Police informed the court that Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya cooperated with the probe and did not abuse conditions of the interim bail. According to the Delhi Court, there existed no reason to not grant bail.
The Delhi HC has asked the Jawaharlal Nehru university to refrain from taking any action against Kanhaiya Kumar until 19 September. The court asked JNU to withhold any action against students under a decision that was filed by its appellate authority holding some students guilty of misconduct. The direction was made after Kanhaiya Kumar and other students filed pleas challenging the appellate authority's decision.
The special cell of Delhi Police has interrogated at least 3 Kashmiri youth, 2 of whom are students of JNU, for over 8 hours in connection with the sedition row. The police said they would now investigate 2 more students and would be interrogating a total of 9 Kashmiri youth. They have refused to divulge details of the investigation or their line of questioning.