Won’t accept JNU inquiry report: Student union

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The JNU Students Union on Thursday said it won’t accept an inquiry committee report into the happenings in the campus as the students’ demands were not considered by the administration.

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A resolution to this effect, proposed by union vice president Shehla Rashid, was passed on Wednesday after student demands to expand the panel to include representatives of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

“The accused students have not even been given the entire report despite demands by the union,” the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) said in a statement.

“The accused students have not even been told the specific charges against them. We will oppose any disciplinary action based upon the findings of this partial and biased enquiry,” the union said.

The inquiry committee, set up by Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, found 21 students guilty of violating the rules and norms of the university when a meeting was held on February 9 to mark the anniversary of the execution of Afzal Guru, who was hanged for the terror attack on Indian parliament.

The office of the Chief Proctor issued show cause notices to the students.
The deadline to reply to the show-cause notice has been extended to Friday.

The JNUSU slammed the university for not addressing their concerns.

“The students union has expressed its concern over the composition, terms of reference and functioning of the high level inquiry committee. We have communicated to the JNU administration how the committee has violated the principles of natural justice in the inquiry process,” a student leader said.

The university suspended JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and general secretary Rama Naga as well as students Anant Prakash Narayan, Anirban Bhattacharya, Ashutosh, Umar Khalid, Ashwarya Adhikari and Shwetha Raj for allegedly raising anti-national slogans. Their suspension was revoked last week.

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