The Delhi High Court will Today hear the bail plea of jailed Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar in the sedition case filed against him. Kanhaiya who was arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly raising anti-national slogans during a controversial event held at JNU, was brought to Tihar Jail on February 19.
He had earlier approached the Supreme Court for bail but was asked by the apex court to go to the High Court. The SC had maintained that if they take up the matter, it will give a wrong message that no other court other than the apex court is capable of hearing the case. As Kanhaiya’s lawyers, Soli Sorabjee and Raju Ramachandran, pleaded that there is a threat to his life in Patiala House Court, the SC observed that if he does not feel safe going to Patiala House Court, in this “extraordinary situation”, they can approach the Delhi High Court.
Tihar jail officials said Kanhaiya was being kept in a separate cell where he devoted his time reading and writing a diary on his experience in the jail.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is “verifying” video clips which it has used in the probe into the sedition case filed over the controversial JNU event. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Monday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and briefed him over the JNU row.
A senior officer said that the subject of discussion between Jung and Bassi revolved around the five JNU students, including Umar Khalid, who are facing sedition charges and resurfaced in the varsity campus on Sunday night. The police had been looking for all the five students since February 12, the day JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in the sedition case.
Bassi also said if the students were innocent, they should produce evidence. “Police are looking for them, they should join the investigation. If they are innocent, they should produce evidence of their innocence.
Asked whether the police have sufficient evidence against Khalid, Bassi said, “we have strong evidence in the sedition case. The arrest will be done only on the ground of evidence.”