The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) wrote to Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar on Saturday asking for his “urgent intervention” to facilitate the upcoming registration before August 31 for the next semester of three academics who, because of their alleged Role in were arrested in the Delhi riots in February.
The three, Sharjeel Imam, Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, are accused of inciting people through their inflammatory speech during the Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests before the riot. They have denied the allegations and charged the police with a witch hunt against anti-CAA votes.
The Union sought Kumar’s intervention to ensure that “these students’ academic progress is not impeded”.
“We get calls from family members. They are also stressed, ”JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh explained the reason for the email to Kumar.
In its email to Kumar, the union said that the imam’s registration had been blocked despite repeated appeals from JNUSU. “With this you want to immediately draw attention to the fact that the registration of Sharjeel Imam (PhD student / CHS / SSS) has been pending since last semester. This despite repeated appeals from the JNUSU to the Proctor office that the registration has been blocked. “
“.. On behalf of JNUSU we ask you to apply for the registration process for the last and upcoming semester of Sharjeel Imam and the process of upcoming semester registration for Natasha Narwal (PhD student / CHS / SSS) and Devangana Kalita (PhD student). CWS [Centre for Women Students]/ SSS), who are currently students at JNU, should be relieved, ”wrote the student body in their letter.
Imam, a PhD student at the JNU Center for Historical Studies, was first arrested in January, followed by Narwal and Kalita in May. Narwal and Kalita are members of the Pinjra Tod student collective and researchers at the university’s School of Social Sciences.