The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union has passed a resolution to reiterate its condemnation of the “destructive and divisive slogans” raised in the February 9. It also resolved to explore all possible means to get the sedition law scrapped from the IPC.
In a council meeting, the union said the divisive slogans raised at the Afzal Guru event do not represent the democratic ethos of JNU and demanded immediate release of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — the other two JNU students still in jail.
“This council mandates JNUSU to fight against this onslaught and ensure that suspensions of all JNU students are withdrawn and all criminal charges, including sedition, levied on them are withdrawn. The JNUSU must also explore all possible means to get the sedition law scrapped from the IPC,” the council resolved.
The council, which met on Monday night, also mandated the union to file a defamation suit against those who have allegedly “maligned” JNU as an institution or students and faculty members.
The council condemned the conduct of JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Kumar Sharma in the episode involving the incidents related to February 9 and also the role of Delhi Police in handling the case.
“This council holds the ‘council meeting’ called by the JNUSU joint secretary on February 19, 2016, as null and void and thus the ‘resolutions’ passed therein have no effect on the incumbent council,” it said.
JNUSU sought the resignation of registrar Bhupinder Zutshi for his alleged role in targeting JNU along with the ABVP and BJP.
The council reiterated its demand to scrap AFSPA and stop human rights violations against minorities, adivasis and dalits. “The council also condemns the sedition charges that have been slapped against political leaders who stood with JNU including Sitaram Yechury, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and D Raja,” one of the 17 resolutions said.