Making indecent remarks against Arvind Kejriwal proved costly, Ambedkar University student fined

A final year student of Ambedkar University has been fined Rs 5,000 for making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal during the annual convocation held online in December

Making indecent remarks against Arvind Kejriwal proved costly, Ambedkar University student fined

A final year student of Ambedkar University has been fined Rs 5,000 for making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal during the annual convocation held online in December last year.

The university had organized the convocation on 23 December last year and Kejriwal was the chief guest of the event. The university said in a statement that the event was conducted online through YouTube. During the program, the student tried to disrupt the program using the chat room of YouTube.

A statement issued by the university said that this action was taken because the conduct of the student was in violation of the Code of Discipline prescribed and notified for the students of Ambedkar University.

At the same time, the Left student organization All India Students Association (AISA) says that the student had lodged an online protest over the fee hike and lapses in implementing the reservation policy, for which he was fined Rs 5,000.

The proctorial board of the university had constituted a sub-committee to look into the matter. An order by the university on June 30 said that the student will be allowed to appear in the examination after complying with the sentence and they are removing the sentence of suspension as the student is in his final semester.

A personal interaction took place between the sub-committee of the Proctorial Board on 6 April 2021. During the conversation, the student admitted that he had made the remarks and did not feel guilty for those comments.

The Sub-Committee resolved that the comments made in a public forum about the University community and the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honor were baseless and derogatory and were clearly a deliberate attempt to defame and humiliate the University community.

AISA said that the student, among others, had questioned the university administration and the Delhi government regarding the policies of reservation and high fees. The university administration, through its policy of fee hike and changes in the admission process for SC/ST/PWD, created a scenario of exclusion for students from marginalized communities. AISA alleged that despite protests against this exclusionary and discriminatory policy, the administration failed to address the concerns of the students.