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NSUI member accuses JNU of 'stopping Facebook Live' on Jawaharlal Nehru birth anniversary; varsity says event violated 2017 Delhi HC ruling

New Delhi: A member of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) on Wednesday accused the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration of "stopping a Facebook Live" on the former prime minister's birth anniversary. According to the university officials, the programme was supposed to be held within 100-metre periphery of the varsity's administrative block, which would have been against the high court's ruling in 2017.

"We were not against the programme but the venue was not appropriate because of the high court directions and academic regulations," JNU registrar Pramod Kumar told PTI.

Last year, the Delhi High Court had asked the JNU students not to protest within 100 metres radius of the administrative block, which houses several offices, including that of the vice chancellor.

"On the birth Anniversary architect of Modern India, 14 November. I have got a warning letter from JNU admin. Do not dare to speak the Truth, (they subtlely meant, don't expose RSS). Iqbal's couplet seems quite relevant here," NSUI's presidential candidate for the 2016 students' union polls Sunny Dhiman Wakker posted on Facebook.

He also shared a letter from the varsity administration addressed to him. The Facebook Live was supposed to happen near the statue of Jawaharlal Nehru outside the administrative block.

"It has come to the notice of the Administration that a programme 'Nehru-Kya Sach Kya Jooth' is being organised by Ms Priya Kumari (page Admin) at Administrative Block, JNU, on November 14 at 4 pm and you are one of the speakers in the said programme," the letter addressed to Dhiman from JNU registrar Pramod Kumar said.

 NSUI member accuses JNU of stopping Facebook Live on Jawaharlal Nehru birth anniversary; varsity says event violated 2017 Delhi HC ruling

File image of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. AFP

"You are requested not to address the said meeting as its venue falls in the close vicinity of Administrative Block, which is a prohibited area within the University campus for holding such activity. This is in violation of Academic Rules and Regulations Etc and also directives from the high court," it said.

According to Academic Rules, all the forms of coercion such as gheraos, sit-ins or any variation of the same which disrupts normal academic and administrative functioning of the university are prohibited.

"Hunger strikes, dharnas and other peaceful and democratic forms of protest & group bargaining shall be conducted with restrain, i.e at a distance of 100 meters away from the Administrative & Academic complexes," according to the Academic Rules.

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Updated Date: Nov 15, 2018 08:01:47 IST