A circular that appeared in the campus asked students against possession, consumption or cooking of beef on the campus, pointing to the law that prohibits cow slaughter. The circular signed by the Registrar appeared on a day when several groups including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal protested outside the University demanding that the food festival be stopped.
The notice cites the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 1994, which specifies that a person found violating the law may land in jail or have to pay a fine upto Rs 10,000.
The festival had become a bone of contention between several groups at the campus and even featured in the presidential debate ahead of the student union election. BJP's student wing ABVP had raised the issue during the campaign.