Exclusive | Anirban: Student Spring Will Become Simmering Summer

Across the board, there is nothing but anger for the HLEC’s decisions on the JNU campus.

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The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has announced that it rejects the report submitted by the High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) that was constituted to look into an event held on February 9 during which antinational slogans were allegedly heard. The report slapped fines on several students and rustication orders on Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya. Saurabh Sharma of the ABVP has also been fined Rs 10,000.

After the press conference, a protest demonstration was held by the JNUSU as well as the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) where they burned copies of the report. Both Umar and Anirban face rustication. While the first has been rusticated for a semester and slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000, the latter faces rustication till 15 July and from 25 July will be out of bounds from the JNU campus for five years.

They both insist that their guilt was decided even while they were still in jail and were, thus, unable to depose in front of the committee. How, they ask, can a judgement be taken on their actions without giving them a chance to tell their side of the story?

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