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Umar Khalid claims JNU not allowing him to submit PhD thesis despite Delhi HC order

Umar Khalid was among the three students who were arrested in connection with an event held on February 9, 2016, on JNU campus in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2018 12:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Umar Khalid,JNU,Kanhaiya Kumar
File photo of JNU student Umar Khalid (holding the mike) at a protest march in New Delhi on March 4, 2017. Khalid claims the university didn’t allow him to submit his PhD thesis despite instructions from Delhi HC. (Raj K Raj/HT File Photo )

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid has claimed he was not allowed to submit his PhD papers on Monday, the last date to submit thesis, despite the Delhi high court’s instructions to the university not to take “coercive action” against him and other students till their plea was heard on Tuesday.

Khalid was among the three students who were arrested in connection with an event held on February 9, 2016, on campus in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

He was rusticated for one semester and a fine of Rs 20,000 was imposed on him after a high-level enquiry committee (HLEC) of the university found him guilty of indiscipline.

“I wasn’t allowed to submit my PhD, saying I have not given the fine imposed by enquiry committee. But we have challenged it in high court and there is already a direction to not use coercive action against students till the next hearing,” Khalid said.

He said the chief proctor refused to give him clearance to submit the PhD after which he approached the court again on Monday afternoon.

Khalid then filed an application in the HC seeking directions to the university to allow him to submit his PhD. The court allowed him to submit his PhD, saying the last date of submission (Monday) would not be valid for him.

“I went to the administration again but despite today’s instruction from the court, the chief proctor refused. I will fight this case even if I have to go to the Supreme Court,” he said.

The JNU vice-chancellor, registrar, chief proctor and rector did not respond to calls and text messages for a comment on the matter.

On Friday, the Delhi high court had set aside the university’s order imposing a fine of Rs 10, 000 on former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar for addressing and participating in the February 9, 2016 event.

Justice Siddharth Mridul noted that the order passed by JNU on July 4 this year was “illegal, “irrational” and suffered from “procedural impropriety”. The court sent the matter back to the appellate authority, which would start the proceedings afresh.

Khalid’s matter, along with a batch of pleas by aggrieved students who have been fined, will be now heard on Tuesday with the court also restraining the University from taking any “coercive action” against them till the next date of hearing i.e (Tuesday).

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 12:42 IST