New Delhi, April 12: JNU student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar who was jailed on sedition charges is likely to be rusticated for two semesters.
Reportedly, other fellow students Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid who were allegedly involved in anti-India slogan, will also be expelled by the university administration. These students who are currently out on bail may also be fined Rs 10,000 each.
A JNU official was quoted by ET as saying, "Kumar and four others are likely to face the strictest punishment. But the vice-chancellor has the discretion of changing the punishment. Some will be let off with fines and a few others who were earlier part of JNUSU will get 'academic suspension'. They will not be allowed hostel facilities during this period".
Reportedly JNU administration will also take srong action against some other students including former JNUSU president Ashutosh, former JNUSU vice-president Anant, present general secretary Rama Naga. They will not be allowed to attend present academic session.
As per media reports, a high level internal inquiry committee which was formed to probe the February 9 incident had recommend the same in its report. The five-member inquiry committee was formed on February 10, a day after students raised slogans against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, had submitted its report on March 11.
Reportedly, the JNU administration has decided to act on the same now. Sources say that students who were involved in pro-Afzal Guru slogan at the campus will be informed about the decision in a week.
Kanhaiya who hails from Bihat village in Begusarai, was arrested on 12 February on sedition charge and lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi. On March 2, he was granted interim bail for six months by Delhi High Court.