JNU row: Court quashes plea to collect voice samples of Umar, Anirban

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2016 01:13 IST
JNU students Umar Khalid (centre) and Anirban Bhattacharya (right) come out of JNU campus to surrender before the Delhi Police. (PTI)

A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed city police’s plea to collect voice samples of JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, both accused of sedition.

The police, who arrested the two students on February 23, had filed the application before metropolitan magistrate Loveleen seeking permission to collect their voice samples as part of their probe of an event on JNU campus in which anti-India slogans were raised.

The magistrate, however, dismissed the plea.

On Wednesday night, around 10 pm, Umar and Anirban were remanded to police custody for interrogation for three days. They would be kept in the South Campus police station near JNU which was turned into a makeshift court room following an order of the Delhi high court to “maintain confidentiality” during their remand proceedings.

The high court had on Wednesday ordered the police to ensure that no one “suffers even a scratch” in the wake of the Patiala House court violence on February 15 and 17. The high court order had come during hearing on Kumar’s bail plea after it was informed that he and Umar and Anirban were concerned about their safety during production in Patiala House court for remand proceedings.

Umar and Anirban had returned to the JNU campus last Sunday after going missing since February 12. Cops had issued a look out notice for them on February 20, along with three other students -- Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash.


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