13 Faculty Members, 263 Students of NALSAR Hyderabad Issue a Statement in Solidarity with JNU Students

We, the undersigned students and teachers of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad strongly condemn the police presence, raids and arrests in the JNU campus and the attack on JNU students, teachers and media persons at the Patiala House Court premises.

In a time when public discourse in this country has descended to the level of shouting matches on prime time television, universities are one of the last bastions of free dialogue and debate. Events like that on February 9th, 2016 in JNU provide for a much needed platform to further intellectual discourse.

Even if the slogans shouted at the event were in bad taste or offensive to certain sections of the society, they are still protected by the freedom of speech as guaranteed under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.

The law of sedition as it has been interpreted by the Indian Supreme Court only applies to speech which is an incitement to violence or public disorder and thus, does not apply to the present factual scenario.

The law of sedition is a vestige of the colonial legacy and has a history of being used to suppress views which have been unfavourable of the establishment. Use of such an archaic law to suppress ideas against the state is uncalled for and highly condemnable.

We therefore, stand in solidarity with JNU Student’s Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and other students who have been charged with sedition by the government.

We demand that the government immediately withdraw the charges against the students of JNU and stop suppressing dissenting voices by labelling them as anti-national.

February 16th, 2016

Teachers of Nalsar, University of Law, Hyderabad

1. Anshuman Shukla
2. Sidharth Chauhan
3. Hota Agni Kumar
4. Neha Pathakji
5. N. Vasanthi
6. T. Kannan
7. Aruna Venkat
8. Syed Ashfaq Hussain
9. SNA Shafi
10. H. Vageeshan
11. P. Ashwini Kumar
12. T. Raghavendra Rao
13. Amita Dhanda

Students of Nalsar, University of Law, Hyderabad

1. Tanisha Pande
2. Veera Mahuli
3. Enakshi jha
4. Sumanyu Mohanty
5. Sushim Aryan
6. Raghu Meka
7. Pratiek
8. V. Prithvi Bhaskar
9. Lakshmi Dwivedi
10. Kartik Chawla
11. Mayank Samuel
12. Ritwik Dash
13. Priyam Tewari
14. Devarshi Mukhopadhyay
15. Shreenath Khemka
16. Prashant Agase
17. Arpita
18. Kartik Tripathi
19. Oshoneesh
20. Shantanu Dey
21. Elizabeth Thomas
22. Kartik D Monga
23. Mohammed Omer Farooq
24. Jaideep Kodali
25. Noel Johns
26. Daeyoung Jung
27. Avinash Jamatia
28. Vishal Raj Meena
29. Ayush Ranka
30. Aaryaman Aashind
31. Srijan Sahay
32. Soumitra Bose
33. Sidharth Jha
34. Akshay Puri
35. Naveen Hegde
36. Ravishankar Krishnan
37. Pranav Agarwal
38. Kshitij Goyal
39. Ajatshatru Pandey
40. Ishan Seth
41. Manoj K
42. Shwashreya
43. Mukesh Kori
44. Aatmin Shah
45. Varun Baliga
46. Sravya K
47. Kritika Sethi
48. Megna Sundar
49. Saachi Kapoor
50. Harshita Chaudhary
51. Srishti Khare
52. Nastassia Khurana
53. Nikitha Shenoy
54. Rajlakshmi Sharma
55. Kopal Sharraf
56. Anisha Nitin Parikh
57. Malika Chadha
58. Tanya Choudhary
59. Aparna
60. Pooja Verma
61. Lakshmi Venkataraman
62. Pooja Murty
63. Anjana Reddy
64. Chinmayi Sharma
65. Megha Krishnamurthi
66. Haya Arif
67. Bhavna Pattanaik
68. Urmika Tripathi
69. Preeti Kolluri
70. Sahana Keshav
71. Maitreye Parashar
72. Ranjini Gogoi
73. Adrija Lakshmi Jayanthy
74. Abhay Raj Singh Bundela
75. Pallavi Dehari
76. Upasana P
77. Abhijeet Singh Rawaley
78. Anubhav Sachdev
79. Ankita Agarwal
80. Oorvi Mehta
81. Ashwin Murthy
82. Sitara Srivatsau
83. Tanuj Kumar
84. Aishwarya Raj
85. Soumya
86. Namratha
87. Urvi Rajbhanu
88. Sruthakeerthy Sriram
89. Arushi Nayar
90. Aashutosh Choudhary
91. Shivam Raman
92. Alok Kumar
93. Aashna Chowdary
94. Gopika Menon
95. Shubhank Singh
96. Virajith Mendem
97. Ujwal Chowhan
98. Sahir Boppana
99. Anirudh Singh
100. Sameer Thakur
101. Saad Khan
102. Deep Shah
103. Mohneesh Rai
104. Angad Kamath
105. Abhijit Vellanki
106. Karthik V
107. Mayank Dewangan
108. Akshita
109. Diksha
110. Priyanka V
111. Subhra Tripathy
112. Anurag Gupta
113. Ankita Gaur
114. Sonali Ladha
115. Jayant Negi
116. Anurag Pandey
117. Girish P Karuvelil
118. Abhishek
119. Pritish Simon
120. Yimjungpenta Abigail Longkumar
121. Phalguni Bhalla
122. Vishnu Sumanth
123. Ayush Vijayvargiya
124. Anushree Pande
125. Agranee Kapoor
126. Krishna Priya
127. Sonia Dasgupta
128. Gunjan Rai
129. Vennela
130. Raji Gururaj
131. GP Sri Samhitha
132. Stuti Shah
133. Kunal Parashar
134. Yash Anand
135. Mounika Donur
136. Sushma Reddy
137. Sukriti Goyal
138. Ojashwi KC
139. Sameera Balani
140. Balaji Subramanian
141. Pallavi Balakrishnan
142. Ananya Das
143. Paridhi Srivastava
144. Pradyuman Kaistha
145. Sanchita Aidasani
146. Pranjal Gupta
147. Amritha Kumar
148. Rakshanda Deka
149. Dhairya Pratap Singh
150. Rohan Dewan
151. Nikitha Surabhi
152. Aayush Mallik
153. Tanvi Tuhina
154. Lokesh Kaza
155. Avaneendra Khare
156. Jitesh Anand
157. Shantanu Mathur
158. Anna Liz Thomas
159. Puru Bansal
160. Utkarsh Roy
161. Yash Aswal
162. Vamsi Masireddy
163. Maitreyee Dixit
164. Shivsaai Prasad
165. Shivang Agarwal
166. Abhishek Babbar
167. Siddharth Aiyyana
168. Pranshu Bharti
169. Aradhika Ratan
170. Mrudula Karumanchi
171. Priyamvada Shivaji
172. Rashmi Gautam
173. Srija Kumar
174. Vismita Gehlot
175. Soumya Jena
176. Aishwarya Birla
177. Shweta Rao
178. Devars Saraf
179. Megha Mehrotra
180. Nishanth Vasanth
181. Rishab Bhatnagar
182. Geethanjali Jujjuvarapu
183. Shreya Naik
184. P Pallavi Neha
185. M Manideep
186. Sidharth Sunil
187. Sanket Pargaien
188. Siddharth Shekar
189. Nikhil Reddy
190. Tushit Mishra
191. Prabhanjan Singh
192. Benjamin Varlavena
193. Ajoy Sinha Karpuram
194. Shweta Sivaram
195. Akshay Aryal
196. Nishanth Nallavelly
197. Anyatama Nayak
198. Shaktibhushan Shukla
199. Aditya Sarkar
200. Sagar Sarrogi
201. P Avinash Reddy
202. Prakhar Gupta
203. Upasana Soni
204. Aditi Tomar
205. Kshitij Aditya Sharma
206. Sunishth Goyal
207. Srujana Bej
208. Mathew Kurian
209. Mridul Dahiya
210. Vedant Dixit
211. Mayank Labh
212. Shreejoyee Bhattacharya
213. Harsh Mahaseth
214. Shagun
215. Deekshita
216. Agrima KC
217. Shivani Bagul
218. Shubhi Goyal
219. Amani Ponnaganti
220. Nishtha Gupta
221. Purvi Khanna
222. Pavani Kennedy
223. Ritika Banerjee
224. Sadhika Gulati
225. Zainab Khan
226. Ribhu Mukherjee
227. Nilav Banerjee
228. Parika Kamra
229. Chandini P Raj
230. Medha Damojipurapu
231. Akshada Mishra
232. Shubham Sharma
233. Surya P Meena
234. Aishwarya Joshi
235. Neha Shivhare
236. Laukik Raibole
237. Vinoothna
238. Vidhushi Singhadia
239. Astha Tambi
240. Lavish Palliwal
241. Shubham Sancheti
242. Lovish Garg
243. Mukbang Pertin
244. Akshita Rawat
245. Aakash Puttige
246. Rohit Beerapalli
247. Anjali Singh
248. Anjali Rawat
249. Pranshu Bhutra
250. Manasa M Dhar
251. Anindita Mukherjee
252. Muzammil Hassan Choudhary
253. Shreshtha Das
254. Prajwal Raj Gayawali
255. Mingma Lhamu
256. Anvesh
257. Abid Yosuf Bhat
258. Rashmi
259. Roshan John
260. Umar Javeed
261. Snehith
262. Khansa
263. Gaurav Tejpal (Research Fellow)

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  1. citizens have right to freedom of speech and expression but reasonable restrictions can be imposed if this freedom goes contrary to the security of state, public order, decency or morality or incitement to an offence. so, JNU Student Union’s president doesn’t have any right to abuse our country on the name of freedom of speech and expression,,
    But the worst thing is that an anti-national person is abusing our country and our aspiring youth are supporting him. Law Students are generally known as student of social engineering,,, student who have a responsibility to construct our society,,,, but after this JNU incident, they are seems to be a social destructor,,,,,it is even more shameful that students of NLUs are supporting them,,,,,,have they lost their patriotism or faith in Indian Judiciary,,,,,or forgotten Article 19(2) of Constitution and Section 121 of IPC,,,,,, I’m still unable to understand how can a responsible citizen give their support to such a terrorist,,, is Kanhaiya less than a terrorist???? how can a slogan regarding sedition be offensive only to a section of society,,,,,,Have the left section of society lost respect to their motherland,,,,,,This was not expected from Law students ,,,Are you all mean that any political leader can deliver anti national speech in the name of right to fredom of speech and expression,,,,,then why you all had criticized Owaisi and some others for their statement regarding the execution of death sentence of Yakoob Memon,,,,

  2. True Indian says:

    An entire university is not supporting the action of the police. Only few people are. If it is legally wrong, then courts will give a tough time to the police. At least condemn the behaviour of JNU students. Do you still believe that they were exercising the freedom of speech and expression? Those who are actually doing service to the nation in the form of army, air force, police, intelligence agencies, IAS, IPS and many others cannot say because they are bound by their service rules and common sense. Will you publish an anonymous blog in support of police action? I bet you won’t. Even JNU panel have found them guilty and they are cooperating with the police. Please tell me which law have been violated. You people can’t trust Delhi Police, CBI, even court judgements( as seen in this case). Whose version will you believe?

  3. Keep in mind, that despite best efforts of the student bar council, only 263 students signed this petition out of around 600-700 students of NALSAR. So this “solidarity” should not be seen as a “NALSAR” sponsored response or ascribed to any other student or faculties of NALSAR or to NALSAR as an institution. This is merely the personal opinion of certain number of Nalsar students and faculties.
    I personally feel that while charge of sedition against Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar may be unjustified, especially when there is no evidence that he was personally involved in the said sloganeering, the statements under question (“Bharat ki barbadi tak jung rahegi” etc. etc. can no way be considered protected speech under Art. 19 (1). Perhaps the signatories, in their zeal to uphold due process and ‘dissent’, forgot some key lessons on reasonable restrictions under Art. 19 (2) (a).

    • administrator says:

      Well, 263 signatures is a huge number. This was done in a matter of 2-3 days. Many students might choose to skip for reasons other than being pro-JNU.

      Why don’t the anti-JNU students release a statement too?

    • What nonsense! The mail explicitly states that this is not the view of the Student Bar Council and the Student Bar Council as body did not go as a body seeking responses.

      Please stop spreading lies

      • administrator says:

        Read carefully. When did we say that this is the view of the Student Bar Council?

        • Dear admin, I was referring to the following statement made by the ‘other nalsarite’
          ‘despite best efforts of the student bar council’
          Apologies for the confusion

  4. “Even if the slogans shouted at the event were in bad taste or offensive to certain sections of the society they are still protected by the freedom of speech as guaranteed under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.”
    Does this mean anything that is offensive to “certain sections” of the society is protected under freedom of expression and thereby legitimizes any and every comment, even when the comment is prima-facie aimed at inciting sentiments in India against Indians (including the Indian Government) and calling for defection of certain part of India? I respect your commitment towards freedom of expression, as this right does need a champion in today’s world, but isn’t it “reasonable” for us to expect that calling for division of/ defection from India is unacceptable.

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