Umar, Anirban file bail application, HC rejects plea against Kanhaiya
JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, both in jail on charges of sedition, on Tuesday filed an application for bail. The court will hear the plea on March 16.
The students filed the plea on a day when their custody was extended by 14 days. The court heard the matter through video conferencing.
On February 25, Umar and Anirban were remanded in police custody after the hearing at the South Campus police station near JNU.
The police station was turned into a makeshift courtroom on the Delhi high court’s order to “maintain confidentiality”. On March 1, the court had sent Umar and Anirban to judicial custody.
Umar’s lawyer Jawahar Raja, who filed the bail plea, said no purpose will be served by keeping his client in custody.
Plea against Kanhaiya
The Delhi high court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking action against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for allegedly making anti-national remarks after he was released on bail.
Kanhaiya was booked and arrested on charges of involvement in shouting anti-national slogans on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on February 9. He is on bail since March 2.
Justice Pratibha Rani asked why the petitioner, Dev Dutt Sharma, had come to the court seeking an investigation by Intelligence Bureau into his allegations. The judge told him not to worry about the image of the nation.
Dutt alleged that Kanhaiya used the word “azadi” at least 100 times in his speeches ever since he got bail.
Another plea seeking cancellation of the six-month bail to Kanhaiya is likely to come up for hearing in the high court on Wednesday.