Srinagar: The Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, (BGSBU) Rajouri, has initiated an inquiry to ascertain if two of its students sat while India’s national anthem was being played during a valedictory function inside the varsity campus on Wednesday.
A video of the two students sitting and clicking selfies while the anthem was being played was shown on a news channel and also reported on other media channels and websites.
The Registrar of BGSBU, Prof Iqbal Parwez, told Kashmir Reader that the varsity administration has taken cognisance of the media reports.
“A committee has been formed which includes the dean of students welfare and the chief proctor to look into the matter,” Prof Parwez said.
“We can’t take a unilateral decision,” he added. “We have taken appropriate action as an internal disciplinary committee has been set up which will listen to the side of the two students as to what had happened.”
The incident happened when J&K Governor NN Vohra was presiding over the inter-university (North zone) valedictory function on Wednesday. A student informed that during the function prizes were distributed by the Governor to winners of the Silver Rolling Trophy.
Besides Vohra, the Rajouri Deputy Commissioner, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajouri, and the Vice Chancellor of the university were present at the function.
The varsity student informed that one of the two students was from the Computer Sciences department and belonged to Srinagar.
Repeated attempts to reach district magistrate Rajouri failed as he did not respond to phone calls.
However, the DM Shahid Choudhary told PTI, “We have taken cognisance of the incident of disrespect of the national anthem by two students of Badshah University on 22 November.”
“Disciplinary action will follow. The law will take its own course,” he added and said that a report has been sought from university authorities.
A police official said that an FIR number 519/2017 stands registered in this regard at police station Rajouri. He, however, did not share other details.
Noted lawyer Nasir Qadri told Kashmir Reader that it was not necessary under law to stand while the national anthem is being played.
“The Supreme Court in a recent ruling on a cinema case said that it is not necessary to stand while the national anthem is being played,” Qadri said.
“Unless and until one has used derogatory language against the national anthem or national flag, no person can be charged on this,” he added.