The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside an order by the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s apellate authority penalising its former students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, reported PTI.
The authority had fined Kumar Rs 10,000 for his involvement at an event to commemorate the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in February 2016, during which several students were accused of shooting “anti-national slogans”. Kumar had moved the High Court on July 17, asking it to quash the order. The last date to pay the fine was July 18.
On Friday, Justice Siddharth Mridul said the university’s order was “unsustainable on innumerable counts”, PTI reported. The counsel for the varsity said they would recall the decision to impose a fine on Kumar. However, the court said the appellate authority should conduct fresh proceedings in accordance with law.
Another student leader Umar Khalid was also penalised for his involvement in the event. On Wednesday, the court had directed the JNU not to take any coercive steps against Khalid until Friday.