Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday said he wasn’t “anti-national” and called for people to maintain peace as a court sent him to judicial custody till March 2 for allegedly shouting slogans against India.
Kumar, in a court statement, said that he “condemns” the slogan shouting and other “anti-national” activities that allegedly happened at an event held in Jawaharlal Nehru University on February 9.
“I appeal to you all to not let this incident disrupt the peace of the country, the society and the universities,” said Kumar, who is president of the university student union.
“I have said earlier too. I am an Indian. I have full faith in the Constitution as well as the judiciary of the country,” Kumar told metropolitan magistrate Lovleen when he was produced for remand proceedings.
“The media trial against me is painful. If there is evidence against me that I am a traitor, then you please send me to jail. But if there no evidence against me, there should be no media trial,” he said in a statement at the start of the proceedings.
Delhi Police chief BS Bassi, whose force is investigating the JNU event, said Kumar deserves a second chance and his bail application won’t be contested. “Since he (Kumar) is making an appeal, I personally feel that a young person could be given another chance,” he was quoted by TV channels as saying.
(With PTI inputs)