JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and 20 other students including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were arrested under sedition charges have been successfully blocked them from registering for the next academic semester by the Registrar Pramod Kumar who has issued a diktum stating:
“The registration of the following students should be blocked till further notice.” While media queries elicited no response from the administration, victims of the university’s abrupt hostile posture said the move clearly denotes vindictive attitude being carried out by the JNU administration, despite the case being sub judice.
“It’s a violation of the High Court order which has prevented university from acting against us,” said Ashutosh, one of the 21 students facing the hostile ban within the campus by the administration. One of the explanations provided online was that they failed to pay the fine imposed earlier.
It includes the Joint Secretary of JNUSU, Saurabh Sharma, who is from ABVP, the students wing of RSS, for some strange reason. Besides the court case, the JNU administration had conducted its own probe and indicted 21 students. Umar and Anirban were rusticated and others were expelled from their hostels or fined.
When a hunger strike by students for over a fortnight became wary, the Delhi High Court stepped in and asked the JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar to defer the decision until the students’ appeals were decided.