Student charged with circulating poster to slap ca

A JNU student, who was issued a show cause notice for circulating a religiously "offensive" poster on the campus, is planning to slap a legal case on the varsity, even as he was given three more days to reply to the notice.

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011, 22:01 PM IST

New Delhi: A JNU student, who was issued a
show cause notice for circulating a religiously "offensive"
poster on the campus, is planning to slap a legal case on the
varsity, even as he was given three more days to reply to the
notice.

Jitendra Yadav, a Phd student of Center of Indian
Languages and president of All India Backward Students Forum
(AIBSF), said today that the poster in contention did not bear
his signatures and he could not be held responsible for
circulating them.

The notice had said that Yadav had been found guilty of
releasing an "offensive" poster depicting a deity "in a
derogatory manner" that led to violent incidents.

Members of the AIBSF and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi
Parishad (ABVP) had clashed earlier this month over posters
that were found "hurtful" by a section of students. The
posters were circulated by students of the AIBSF, based on an
article in the Forward Press magazine about the `Dalit
viewpoint on Durga-Mahishasura`.

"I am seeking legal advice on the issue and I plan to
file a case against the University, especially against the
Proctor, who has issued notice to me. It was the organisation
that had circulated the poster and they cannot single me out,"
he said.

Yadav, who was given time till today to reply to the
notice, meanwhile, asked for more time from the
administration, which granted it three more days.

The AIBF and United Dalit Students Forum (UDSF) condemned
the showcause notice issued to Yadav and threatened to launch
a protest if the University punishes him.

The groups said in a statement that the University was
acting with "an intention of revenge" against them and
demanded that a fresh inquiry be conducted into the incident
with representatives of all student bodies like AISA, SFI, SFR
and NSUI included in the panel.

The Forward Press magazine meanwhile defended its article
`Kiski Puja Kar Rahe Hai Bahujan?`, that was published in its
October edition, saying allegations that it has elements that
show disregard to Goddess Durga were undesirable.

"`Forward Press` mainly emphasises on the evident and new
facts that prove India`s oppressed Bahujan society`s history,
culture and tradition," said its editor Pramod Ranjan in a
statement.

PTI