Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya, and Umar Khalid are likely to face stringent action for their alleged involvement in the pro-Afzal Guru event at the campus in February 2016.


According to reports, the university may rusticate Anirban and Umar for a period of two to five years and impose a fine of Rs 10,000 on the JNU student union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya.

Earlier under the sedition charges, Umar and Anirban had surrendered before Delhi Police on February 23. The two were among the five students who, along with Kanhaiya, who were charged for shouting anti-national slogans at an event on February 9 organised at the university campus to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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A day before, Kanhaiya has again landed himself in a controversy for his remarks that he will name his wife and children as “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

Kanhaiya, who is out on conditional bail in a case of sedition, said at an event yesterday that “they say, nation is everything, you have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai. So I thought when I will be married I will suggest my wife to bear the name ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. I will also name my children as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and change my name also as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.”

“So when my children will go to school and teachers will ask them their parents’ names, they will reply ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. This way they will get free education and they will not have to pay fees,” he said.

The case of sedition against Kanhaiya was registered in connection with an event held on JNU campus on February 9, against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.