JNU bars three student union members from attending meetings
The move comes days after the JNUSU members and some teachers alleged that they were “heckled” and their “written dissent” was rejected at the AC meeting on Friday. The administration has denied the charges.delhi Updated: Jun 22, 2017 22:45 IST
Jawaharlal Nehru University has suspended three students’ union members, including the president, from attending any meetings of the statutory bodies and committees such as academic council.
The university said the students were suspended for using “unparliamentary language”, “unruly behaviour” and for making “unauthorized video recordings” of the recently held AC proceedings.
The move comes days after the JNUSU members and some teachers alleged that they were “heckled” and their “written dissent” was rejected at the AC meeting on Friday. The administration has denied the charges.
The JNU students’ union (JNUSU) had also released a set of video clips, purportedly from the meeting, in which some professors were seen arguing with each other.
JNUSU president Mohit Pandey, joint secretary Tabrez Hasan, and general secretary Satarupa Chakaraborty received a communication from the chief proctor office late Wednesday night in this regard.
“With reference to the serious nature of the incident, Mr Tabrez Hasan is hereby suspended from participating in all Statutory Bodies and committees of the university with immediate effect…,”
Similar letters were sent to Pandey and Chakaraborty.
Officials said there is prima facie evidence of misconduct and indiscipline against the students. “A proctoral Inquiry committee has been constituted by the chief proctor to investigate into this serious issue,” the communication said.
The suspension will continue till the final outcome of the proctorial inquiry committee.
The proctor office said it received a report from the JNU registrar regarding reported misconduct and indiscipline during the 143rd academic council meeting held on June 16, 2017.1
It said that the report and eyewitnesses have accused the union members of “using unparliamentary language, unruly behaviour and unauthorized video recording of the proceedings” despite repeated requests to not do so.
“Despite repeated requests by the chairman not to record, according to the report, these students continued to record the proceedings of the meeting. Mohit Pandey indulged in yet another unlawful activity by posting a selected clip of the recording on the social media in the midst of the Academic Council Meeting,” a statement by the university said.
The statement said, “more deplorable is the engagement of JNUSU representatives in spreading misinformation and lies through the social media and press releases, such as the canard that they were not allowed to speak.”
The JNU teachers’ association (JNUTA) condemned the move and said the 143rd AC meeting of May 9 was video recorded by the JNU administration without seeking the permission of a single AC member.
“JNUTA expresses solidarity with JNUSU in its struggle to keep democracy alive in university functioning,” JNUTA said in a statement.