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JNU panel finds all 21 students guilty
The Appellate Authority of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which was hearing the pleas of 21 JNU students has upheld the punishhments for all of them but has reduced the quantum of fines imposed on some of them.

The students were given punishment in connection with the February 9 controversial event. The panel has found all of the accused guilty.

On February 9, the accused students had organised a cultural event where allegedly anti-national slogans were raised. Three of the students including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar were arrested, charged with sedition and later released on bail.

In terms of fines imposed on the students, Rama Naga has been asked to pay Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 20,000, Ashutosh Kumar Rs 15,000 instead of Rs 20,000 and Saurabh Sharma Rs 5,000 instead of Rs 10,000. Incidentally, Saurabh Sharma is the ABVP member who had complained against the event. JNUSU Presidnt Kanhaiaya Kumar did not get any relief. All 18 students who were imposed fines have been asked to give a written undertaking not to repeat the offence.

The students have been ordered to deposit their fines within two weeks, along with an undertaking that says that the students will not take part in any "unauthorised event", "abide by rules/regulations", "ensure that there is no breach of discipline" by them and the"dignity of the university" is upheld.

Initially, the High Level Enquiry Committee had conducted a probe into he case and had found them guilty. The committee had given punishments to the accused students ranging from from rustication and hostel debarment to financial penalty.

The students had gone on an indefinite hunger strike against the decision which lasted for 16 days. Later some students had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the action of the committee. The high court had ordered a stay on the judgement of the committee and had asked the university to set up an appellate authority to investigate the issue and had also issued directions to JNUSU to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and not to launch any fresh agitation. 

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