4 JNU students fined for protesting against VC, cooking biryani outside his office

4 JNU students fined for protesting against VC, cooking biryani outside his office

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has slapped varying fines on a woman research scholar and three other students for holding a protest, raising slogans against the vice chancellor and cooking and eating biryani outside his office.

The pecuniary punishment sparked a war of words between activists of the Left-backed student unions and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s student wing - Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Friday as a section of news portals and news channels claimed that the students had cooked "beef biryani."

"I condemn in the strongest terms possible the way Saurabh Sharma of the ABVP is concocting false stories and spreading lies justifying the recent punishment. He is indulging in cheap propaganda that 'beef biryani' was cooked at Administrative Bloc with the sole intention of inciting people on communal lines before Gujarat polls," charged Satarupa Chakraborty, who was slapped a fine of Rs 10,000, highest among the four students.

The JNU administration slapped fine on the four students ranging between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000, after a proctorial inquiry held them guilty of indiscipline. Chakraborty, former general secretary of JNU Students Union (JNUSU), is a research scholar at the varsity's School of Social Sciences.

No mention of beef

The office order, issued by the JNU administration on November 8 to apprise the four students about the findings of the proctoral enquiry against them and imposition of fine, did not mention that they cooked beef biryani. The order only said the students cooked and ate 'biryani' outside the Adminstrative bloc.

The students held a protest demonstration on June 27 against university vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on certain issues pertaining to the academic council's decision. During the protest outside the Administrative Bloc, the students also cooked biryani and ate.

"Satrupa Chakraborty has been found guilty of demonstration along with slogan shouting against vice chancellor, administration and professor Atul Johri and sitting inside the VC's office till 9.45 pm on June 27 even after repeated requests from the chief security officer and security personnel," the office order said, citing a provision in the JNU statute.

To punish the students for cooking and eating biryani, the proctoral inquiry invoked another provision of the statute which stipulates: "Any other act which may be considered by the vice chancellor or any other competent authority to be an act of violation of discipline and conduct."

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