Patiala House Court to deliver order on Umar Khalid, Anirban’s bail plea


A Patiala House Court on Friday will deliver its order on the bail plea of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, accused of raising anti-Indian slogans in the JNU campus on February 9.

During the hearing on Thursday, the Delhi Police counsel opposed Umar Khalid’s and Anirban Bhattacharya’s bail plea and stated that they not only depended on the video footage but also relied on the statements of 10 independent witness against both of them.

However, the counsel of the two JNU students maintained the Delhi government’s report suggested that the video was tampered with while asserting that citizens have the right to criticise the government and the same can’t be termed as sedition.

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Earlier, a high-level inquiry panel of the JNU had found 21 students guilty of holding a controversial event on the campus last month, which had led to the custody of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others.

The committee has reportedly suggested that Kanhaiya, along with four other students, be rusticated from the varsity.

Kanhaiya, however, said on Thursday that there was no mention of rustication in the report submitted by the panel.

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The committee, in its unanimous report submitted to Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, has accused the students of violating university norms and rules by organising an event in the memory of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Wefornews Bureau

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