The high level inquiry committee set up by Jawaharlal Nehru University has recommended the expulsion of five students, including JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar who is out on interim bail, and PhD scholars Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, currently in judicial custody on sedition charges.
According to a leading English newspaper, the committee was set up to probe the February 9 event on campus where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
Four other students are likely to face suspension and a few others are to be let off with a fine. In all, 21 students are likely to get show-cause notice as to why action should not be initiated against them.
JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has appraised the dean's committee of the summary of the report and recommendations, which found these students guilty of violating the university's rules and norms.
According to sources present at the deans' committee meeting, five students are to face rustication, "which means they will be asked to leave the campus and discontinue their studies. Four other students are to face suspension and could also be asked to leave their hostel."
The final decision on the quantum of punishment will be taken by the VC and chief proctor A Dimri after a scrutiny of the suggestions as well as the replies to the show-cause notices, the sources added.
The high level enquiry committee submitted its report on March 11, after two extensions (February 26 and March 3). Following the February 9 protest event against Afzal Guru's hanging, the vice-chancellor had set up a proctorial enquiry on February 10 and then replaced it with the high level committee on February 11.
In its interim report, the committee recommended debarring of eight students from all academic activities but allowed them to stay in hostels as guests.
The VC, after appraising the dean's committee of the committee's recommendations, said, "The office of the chief proctor would take further action by issuing show cause notices to the students who have been found violating the rules and norms of the university."