The Delhi High Court today set aside the disciplinary action taken by JNU against 15 of its students, including ex-JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial event on February 9 previous year in the varsity.
Justice VK Rao sent back the issue to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to be decided again after the accused students go through the records.
A year ago the court had stayed the JNU order of disciplinary action against the students.
It also clarified that the students would abide by their undertakings given earlier to the court that "they shall not indulge in any strike or "dharna" or agitation or coercive action in future in connection with the issue, till such time the proceedings between the parties attain finality".
The court said after inspection of records students shall have one week time to file a supplementary appeal, upon which the appellate authority shall give a hearing to them, and by considering the appeal (s) already filed by the students and the supplementary appeal, if any, it will pass a reasoned order as expeditiously as possible preferably within six weeks thereafter.
Thereafter, the appellate authority shall hear each of the students and subsequently, after considering the appeals filed by them, "pass a reasoned order as expeditiously as possible", preferably within six weeks from the date of hearing, the court said in its judgment.
Kanhaiya was slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for being part of the February 9, 2016 event on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
Till December this year, the appellate authority of the university had rusticated Umar from JNU.