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Even as a court in the Patiala House complex hears the sedition charges against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, alum and faculty from a number of law schools have spoken out in solidarity with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
According to a statement published by National Law University Delhi’s student blog Glasnost, a number of NLU-D graduates have expressed deep concern over,
[The] events that have unfolded in JNU and strongly condemn the use of criminal sanction and police forces to suppress the voices of students in JNU.
The public statement goes on to read,
The use of the police to create an atmosphere of apprehension and fear on campuses will destroy the space for ideas that are undesirable for established forces, ideas that question the status quo and push progressive goals. This strikes at the very heart of our universities.
A similar statement has been issued (and signed) by students and faculty members from the NALSAR University, WBNUJS, NLSIU, Delhi University and others.
The statement reads,
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.