Drop charges against students, create conducive atmosphere: JNU Teachers Association

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New Delhi, Feb. 22 (ANI): Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Teachers Association president Ajay Patnaik on Monday demanded that the charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy against the students should be dropped and added that a conducive atmosphere should be created so that they can depose before the enquiry committee.

“The police should not be given permission to arrest just like that. Internal representative mechanism should be made credible. The university should take steps to get these charges dropped,” Patnaik told ANI.

“These are very serious charges. Everybody is saying that these charges (sedition and criminal conspiracy) should not be applied like this on the students even if some slogans have taken place. You create a conducive atmosphere so that the students can go and depose before the enquiry committee,” he added.

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Earlier, the JNU Teachers Association had joined the students seeking probe into action against pro-Afzal Guru event that took place on February 9.

The JNU also condemned the attack on the teachers in Patiala House Court. The teachers, who were allegedly attacked by a group of lawyers at the Patiala High Court premises, also condemned the act.

JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week on charges of sedition for the event at the varsity during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. (ANI)

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