Students asking for the campus were expelled from the college, the government said that it is anti-national, Justice Katju writes in support of Students

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New Delhi, 26th February. According to media reports in Sikkim 4 students expelled from Geyzing College for protests against construction delay. Eighteen students were arrested on February 5 night. Now Justice Markandey Katju, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, has written a letter to the principal of the college and appealed to cancel the expulsion of the students.

Following is the text of the letter.

Respected Principal of Gyalshing ( Geyzing ) Govt Degree College, Sikkim

I have been informed that 4 students of your college have been expelled for participating in the agitation demanding better facilities and infrastructure in the college, and supporting the ongoing farmers agitation. The students are also demanding that apart from the arts stream, which is presently the only stream in your college, other streams be also opened.

I respectfully request you that you reinstate these expelled students.

Surely making such demands, if done in a peaceful manner, is the democratic right of everyone, including students. Our Constitution grants freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully and without arms to everyone vide Article 19.

However, even if such students have done anything further, surely you can forgive them, just as a father forgives his children who makes some mistakes.

In this connection I am sending an article I wrote some time back :

https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjDvu2884bvAhU8zzgGHbMbDPsQFjAEegQICxAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theweek.in%2Fnews%2Findia%2F2020%2F05%2F27%2Fopinion-remembering-nehru-magnanimity.html&usg=AOvVaw0qlqGLfz3UE_PwPf49UEmq

I am also sending you a judgment I gave when I was a judge of the Supreme Court

https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjwxe-39IbvAhWPxzgGHTCaD5QQFjAMegQIGxAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Findiankanoon.org%2Fdoc%2F9950%2F%3Ftype%3Dprint&usg=AOvVaw1Gbmr7PYSbI9ZgXvZ2RhQV

I therefore request you to display magnanimity, and cancel the expulsion orders and reinstate the students forthwith

Justice Katju

Former Judge of the Supreme Court

26.2.2021

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