A Delhi court on Thursday allowed police one day custody of Kanhaiya Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president, who has been arrested on charges of sedition.
Metropolitan magistrate Loveleen allowed the cops’ plea to take Kumar — ordered to stay in judicial custody till March 2 — into their custody in order to confront him with co-accused Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
The court allowed the plea after the police said they needed to jointly interrogate the accused to ascertain the exact role played by each one of them on February 9, when anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at a rally organised at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Police said they had found “inconsistencies” in the statements of Umar and Anirban who had surrendered late on Tuesday night. Kumar’s presence was required to clarify the discrepancies in their statements.
Sources said that the discrepancy was about who organised the February 9 rally. According to cops, Kumar told them that Umar organised the rally. However, the testimony of Umar differs as he claimed to be one of the protesters.
A case of sedition was slapped on five JNU students by the Delhi Police after a video clip surfaced showing them allegedly raising anti-national slogans at a rally on the campus on February 9.
The matter later turned into a controversy after Kumar was arrested and beaten up by a mob of lawyers while being produced at a city court.