JNU unrest: Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea hearing deferred to February 29

Feb 24: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday deferred the hearing on the bail plea of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar to February 29.

During the hearing, the High Court observed that safety must be ensured during the proceedings to Kanhaiya and another JNU student Umar Khalid, who have been booked on charges of sedition.

The Delhi Police told the court that they need Kanhaiya’s remand in order to confront him with the other ‘accused’. The High Court said it is the statutory right of the investigating agency at this stage to ask for a remand.

The Delhi High Court will give its directions regarding the location at which Umar, Anirban Bhhatacharya will be produced after consulting with the concerned department.

The High Court had yesterday issued a notice to the Delhi Police and asked it file a status report on the bail plea of Kanhaiya.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Tuesday said the circumstances surrounding the JNU sedition row had changed and they were now opposing Kanhaiya’s bail plea as he is ‘bound to impact the investigation’.

Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case on February 12 after an event held at the JNU campus against the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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