Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday questioned a JNU panel’s recommendation that its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and other varsity scholars be rusticated for their alleged role in connection with the raising of anti-national slogans on its campus. 

The JD(U) leader also wondered whether there was an attempt to "take over" the institution as he remarked that such encroachment on freedom of expression was "dangerous for democracy". 

Noting that JNU is known for freedom of views, he said, "What have the students done for which they want to rusticate them? They are further deepening it (the crisis). It is clear that democratic traditions are being attacked to impose one viewpoint." 

He was asked about the decision of a high-level JNU panel which has recommended rustication of Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and two other students for their alleged role in a controversial event last month during which purported anti-national slogans were raised. 

A decision on the recommendation of the panel will be taken by JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar and chief proctor A Dimri.