Delhi High Court holds JNUSU guilty of contempt, fines 2000 each

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 2000 on each member of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Student Union, holding them guilty of contempt of court.

The High Court said members of the students union disobeyed and violated the court’s order in August 2017 which had barred them from protesting within 100 m of the administration building in the university campus.

On August 2017, students of the university staged protest over the issue of attendance even after the Delhi High Court’s order to stay the protest which allegedly disrupted the proceeding in the administration block.

The Administration then filed a contempt of court in the Delhi High Court, following which the fine has been imposed on the students.

The court stated that the manner in which its order was being interpreted by the students, it appeared to be “an attempt to wriggle out of their contemptuous acts”.

“It is not a case of non-compliance of order by mistake, inadvertence or by misunderstanding of meaning and purport of the order. This I say so, as the respondents (student union members) herein, are pursuing post-graduate studies. They are educated persons, surely knowing the purport or intent of the order passed by this court on August 9, 2017, which is clear and explicit,” the court noted.

(With inputs from agencies)