New Delhi: The punitive action taken against JNU students, including JNUSU chief Kanhaiya Kumar that led him to sit on a hunger strike, reached the President's doorstep on Friday with some opposition party MPs seeking his intervention in resolving the crisis and restoring normalcy in the varsity.
A delegation of MPs from various parties including the Left and Congress today met President Pranab Mukherjee and asked him to withdraw forthwith all actions taken against students by JNU authorities pending judicial outcome.
"All actions taken by the VC and the university administration against the students must be withdrawn forthwith. You will agree that all of us will have to wait till the ongoing judicial proceedings are concluded," a memorandum handed over to the President said.
The MPs - Digvijay Singh (Congress), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), D Raja (CPI), K C Tyagi and Pawan Kumar Verma (JD-U), KTS Tulsi (nominated), Majid Memon (NCP) and Baishnab Parida (BJD), told Mukherjee that current crisis over disciplinary action by the Vice Chancellor "threatens to engulf the university in a crisis of unprecedented proportions".
They said JNU is considered among the best universities in India which has an unblemished global ranking and standing and the issue has done damage to the varsity.
"Under these circumstances, when the damage to the university is reaching irreparable proportions, we are urging your urgent intervention.
"As Visitor of the university we hope that you would intervene to ensure that justice is done," the MPs told the President.
The MPs also said the stringent punitive action against some students including the elected president of Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union appear to be based on sections of the HLEC report that have been released by the university.
They added that these conclusions are based on "so-called evidence that is currently under dispute in judicial proceedings. Hence the matter is sub-judice. It is unprecedented that the Vice Chancellor should take such strong action on the basis of so-called evidence which is a sub judice matter."
The leaders also said the "so-called" evidence has been contradicted by Delhi government mandated magisterial enquiry, which concluded that the "so-called visual evidence electronically recorded has been doctored".
Despite this, they said, the varsity proceeded on such punishment of students that pushed JNU students and academic community to strong responses culminating in indefinite hunger strike by JNUSU President and some other students.