The Delhi High Court is likely to resume on Monday hearing on a bail plea of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charge for allegedly raising anti-India slogans on the university campus.
On February 24, justice Kanhaiya Kumar, deferred hearing on Kanhaiya’s bail plea till February 29 after Delhi Police told the court that further custodial interrogation of the accused was needed.
Kanhaiya has since been confronted with two other JNU students arrested in the case – Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. The police are likely to inform the HC about progress in the investigation.
Umar and Anirban, who surrendered to the city police on the intervening night of February 23-24, are in police custody till February 29.
Arrested on February 12, Kanhaiya was in police custody till February 17. Later, he was sent to judicial custody till March 2 amid violence at the Patiala House Courts ahead of the remand proceedings. He was in police custody for a day on February 25 and then remanded back to judicial custody for two weeks on February 26.
Kanhaiya’s counsel earlier contended that police had no evidence of any anti-India slogans being shouted by the JNU Students’ Union president.
In its status report submitted to the HC, police had alleged Kanhaiya had not only participated in the event on the JNU campus on February 9 where anti-national slogans were raised but had “actually organised” it.
Cops had opposed his bail plea, saying investigators were looking for links between Kanhaiya, his co-accused and foreign elements who covered their faces in the video.