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JNU Row: Delhi Court to decide bail pleas of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, Today

New Delhi; On the bail plea which the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Students- Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, being accused in the case of raising anti- national slogans in the varsity campus on 9th day of February, this yea, Delhi Court will pronounce its decision on Friday.

It was seen yesterday, i.e. while the hearing on the plea on Bail, the Counsel appearing for the Delhi Police was seen opposing the bail plea of Students- Umar Kalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. And it was stated on behalf of the Police that they have not only depended on the video footage but also relied on the Statements of the 10 independent witness against both of them.

However, as per the contention of the JNU Students’ counsel who has maintained the report of the Delhi Government which suggested that the video was tampered with while asserting that citizens have the right to criticise the Government and it cannot be termed as Sedition.

Moreover, it was seen earlier that the High- level internal committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru University- JNU had found Twenty- one students guilty of holding a controversial event in last month in the campus, which had resulted in the arrest of the JNU Student Union’s President- Kanhaiya Kumar and others, following to which there was seen protest in the Patiala House Court.

In the report of the Committee, It was suggested that the President JNUSU- Kanhaiya along with four other students be rusticated. However, as stated by the JNUSU President, there was no mention of rustication in the report submitted by the Committee. The statements by the President were preferred by him on Thursday.

It was seen that the duo have applied for the bail on Tuesday, on the ground of parity with the co- accused and their/students leader- Kanhaiya. It was seen a day before yesterday that the Trial Court have reserved its decision for March, 18th i.e. for today on the bail pleas of JNU students- Umar and Anirban in the sedition case.

Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan

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