The Delhi high court issued notice to Delhi Police on two petitions seeking a cancellation of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s interim bail on Thursday.
Advocate RP Luthra, one of the petitioners, sought the cancellation on the ground that Kanhaiya’s speeches, after to his release from jail, were “anti-national” and thus violated of his bail conditions.
Another petition sought perjury proceedings against the student leader for filing a false affidavit to obtain an interim bail.
Asking police to respond to the petition, Justice PS Teji said he would hear the pleas. The court posted the matter for further hearing on July 19.
During the hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra objected to the presence of advocate Shailendra Babbar as special public prosecutor in the case. Babbar was appointed by Delhi’s lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.
Mehra also asked the court to tell petitioners to explain their position in the case, but the court declined his request.
Mehra’s petition said Kanhaiya violated the conditions imposed on him by the court when it granted him interim bail on March 2. The high court ruled that Kanhaiya should “not participate actively or passively in any activity which may be termed as anti-national” while granting him bail.
Kanhaiya Kumar was booked and arrested for being allegedly chanting anti-national slogans on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on February 9.
Asking the court “to minimise future damage to the reputation of India and also to restore the faith of the citizenry”, the petition said the speech and slogans by Kanhaiya and his associates were “challenging the sovereignty and integrity of the nation”.
“Kanhaiya Kumar continued his anti-national activities on each and every day and it became unbearable when he alleged in public that the Indian armed forces rape women in Kashmir,” the plea said, accusing Kanhaiya of wilfully and deliberately violating his bail conditions.