Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, Mar 15:
A day after show cause notices were served to several students by the Jawaharlal Nehru University authorities, Odisha’s Rama Naga has refused to depose before the authorities and called for a fresh inquiry into the matter.
“Nothing has been clearly mentioned in the notice on the students’ role. Different notices have been served to different students. The notice I have received has mentioned to appear before the authorities on March 16 (Wednesday). The letter says that competent authority or Vice Chancellor will take a decision whether one appears before it or not. From the very beginning, we have been saying that we won’t accept the Committee’s report. Our concerns of Committee formation and inquiry process have not been addressed. We won’t depose before it as they have already assumed that the students are guilty,” Rama Naga said.
If a fresh inquiry is ordered then we will appear before the committee, he added.
Notably, Rama Naga is one of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) office-bearers and among the 21 students including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who have been served show cause notices for “violating the university’s rules and norms”.
The notice sought reply from the students as to why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them for the February 9 incident. It further said that the reply must reach the Chief Proctor’s Office by Wednesday, 5 pm failing which it will be presumed that the respondents have nothing to say in their defence and the office will proceed further in the matter.
The notice says that the High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) has found Rama Naga guilty under the Clause 3, Category II of Rules and discipline and proper conduct of students of JNU.
As per reports, (HLEC) probing the February 9 event on campus has submitted its report to authorities last week and has recommended short-term rustication for some students.
The Committee was formed on February 10, a day after an event to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was held on the campus.