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JNU's decision to rusticate Umar, Anirban & fine Kanhaiya draws criticism

On Monday, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) banned Anirban Bhattacharya from pursuing any course at the varsity for the next 5 years, rusticated Umar Khalid for one semester and slapped Rs 10,000 fine on Kanhaiya Kumar drawing criticism from various quarters.

Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gattoo, has been rusticated for two semesters. A fine of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on JNU students union (JNUSU) joint secretary Saurabh Sharma, the only ABVP member in the union.

While Anirban and Umar were blamed for triggering communal violence and disrupting communal harmony on the campus, Mujeeb was found guilty of participating sloganeering. Kanhaiya was pronounced guilty of indiscipline and misconduct.

Former JNUSU President Ashutosh Kumar has been imposed fine of Rs. 20,000, including former general secretary Chintu Kumari, current General Secretary Rama Naga, Aishwarya Adhikari, former Vice President Anant Prakash Narayan and Gargi for "violating" disciplinary norms.

The campus is now out of bounds for two former students - Draupadi and Banojyotsana Lahiri -- while hostel facilities of Ashutosh Kumar have been withdrawn for a year and Komal Mohite till July 21.

Gattoo and Umar will have the option of resuming their courses once the period of rustication is over, Anirban has been given a window of a week (July 16-23) to complete his thesis.

Disciplinary measures have been taken for misconduct and indiscipline, causing and colluding in the unauthorized entry of persons into the campus, not following university procedures, misinforming the university, putting up objectionable posters, arousing communal, caste or regional feelings and creating disharmony, blockade or forceful prevention of any normal movement of traffic and violation of security, according to the official.

The committee imposed the fine on Sharma, who had objected to the event, for blocking traffic on the day it happened. Aishwarya whose name was not mentioned in the report, has also been imposed the financial penalty.