Earlier, the JNU registrar had issued a circular warning students against the possession, consumption or cooking of beef on campus. The court ordered strict compliance with this.
“The intention is to hurt the sentiments of a particular community, to disturb the peace and the educational atmosphere,” Vimal Wadhawan, counsel for the Sena, argued. “The Delhi Agricultural Cattle Prevention Act, 1994 has a provision for five years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine for storing or serving beef,” he added.
The proposed festival had ruffled a lot of feathers, even leading to a scuffle during the recently-concluded student body elections. Several right-wing groups such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal had held protests outside the university.