Now, JNU students cannot protest within 100 metres of admin block

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been the centre of protests from a long time, will now have to follow the guidelines set by the Delhi High Court.

The court on Wednesday has ruled out an order saying that students cannot hold demonstrations within a 100-metre periphery of the university’s administrative block.

Noting that the JNU authorities had provided designated places to students to hold protests, the judge directed the students not to “prevent the ingress and egress of people in the administrative building,” as reported by DNA.

Reasons behind High Court’s order:

  • The JNU had alleged that during regular agitations carried out by the students in protest against the varsity’s policy decisions outside the administrative block, which were accompanied with drum beats, no one could enter the building
  • The court was hearing the JNU administration’s petition against the blocking of its administrative block by agitating students
  • Earlier, the JNU had said that in the past nine months there have been 92 protests in the campus.

Moreover, JNU through their lawyers Monika Arora and Harsh Ahuja said that JNU staff and JNUSU leaders be asked not to protest within 200 metres of the administrative block and the academic complexes as per the academic rules and regulations.

In addition to this, the lawyers also observed that the varsity has already earmarked a place for protest; therefore, the students should stage their dharna at Sabarmati hostel lawns.

The Delhi High Court has also asked the police to keep away from the JNU campus unless there is any evidence of disruption of law and order or in case of varsity seeking its assistance. The university is not a place where police is warranted, the court added.

[ Source : intoday ]