Show-Cause Sent To Aishe Ghosh Regarding 2018 JNU Protest

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Aishe Ghosh JNU protest: The Jawaharlal Nehru University, on June 11, has issued show-cause notices to the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president and another student for a protest they held in 2018, calling it an act of “indiscipline and misconduct”.

Ghosh reacted to the notice saying that even though several administrative offices are closed at the moment, owing to the nationwide Covid-19 pandemic, the varsity’s chief proctor’s office “has been regularly functioning to intimidate and punish students”.

The June 11 notice claims the 25-year-old politician was involved in the disruption of the Board of Studies (BOS) meeting that took place on December 5, 2018. This development has been confirmed by the Chief proctor of the varsity Professor Rajnish Kumar Mishra.

Mishra had to face backlash for issuing the notice nearly three years after the protest, addressing the same, he said, “They (students) had blocked the university over the issue of fee hike for a long time and then there were intermittent disturbances. In 2020, the pandemic situation started. We have begun the process now.”

The notice that called her protest “an act of indiscipline and misconduct” sought an explanation on why disciplinary action should not be initiated against her.

“This kind of activity dangerous in nature and falls under Item Category of the Statute 25 of the Statutes of the University which states — All acts of violence and all forms of coercion such as gheraos, sit-ins or any variation of the same which disrupts the normal academic and administrative functioning of the university and or any act which incites or leads to violence”, the notice read.

Ghosh has been given a deadline of replying to the show-cause notice by June 21, failing which it will be presumed that she has nothing to say in her defence and the office will be free to take action against her.

Aishe Ghosh Calls Out Chief Proctor’s Office

Ghosh took to her official Facebook account to post her reaction to the issue. She alleged that “In JNU, several administrative offices are not functioning citing pandemic situation” such offices include scholarships not getting disbursed, no hostel allotment for first years, water management and student vaccination.

She added, “The chief proctor’s office has been regularly functioning to intimidate and punish students.”

She claimed that thousands of students on the JNU campus are suffering and a “huge section” every day is being “pushed out of university due to discrimination”.