Supreme Court ‘for now’ refuses to hear plea for Contempt proceedings against Kanhaiya, Umar, SAR Geelani

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New Delhi: Honourable Supreme Court of India has, for now, refused to hear the plea seeking criminal contempt proceeding against the JNUSU President- Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Former DU lecturer- SAR Geelani and other four people.

The said contempt proceedings was sought against such people for their allegedly terming of the execution of the Parliament Attack convict- Afzal Guru as ‘Judicial Killing’. The Top Court has asked the petitioner to take the consent of Attorney General, before the hearing of the Apex Court of any plea seeking criminal contempt proceeding against those so called accused.

Moreover, Today, (i.e. on Monday, 29th February) the hearing on the Bail Plea of JNUSU President and accused of sedition case- Kanhaiya Kumar was also likely to resume by the High Court of Delhi.

The matter of hearing the case was deferred by the Justice Pratibha Rani on 24th day of February, when the Delhi Police informed the bench that it will seek his further custodial interrogation. In the hearing, the Police is likely to apprise the Court about the ongoing investigation, in which it had taken JNUSU President- Kanhaiya to one day custody for confronting him with the other JNU students and arrested two other accused students- Umar and Anirban Bhattacharya. The police custody of the Umar Khalid and Anirban, who had surrendered before the police late night on 23rd day of February, is also ending today.

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Kapil Sibal- the senior advocate appearing for the accused- Kanhiya Kumar had also earlier contended that the Delhi Police’s filed status report shows the existence of no evidence of any anti- India slogans being raised by Kanhaiya Kumar.

It was also notable that the key accused and JNUSU President- Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested by the police on 12th day of February, 2016 and he was taken to Police custody till 17th day of February and then he was remanded in the Judicial Custody till 2nd March amid violence at the court premises. Thus, the Kanhaiya is still in Judicial Custody.

Moreover, in the petition which was sought for initiation of the Contempt proceedings against such people, also states that the Students have crossed “every limit of Freedom of Speech and Expression” by calling ‘Judicial Killers’ to the Epitome of Justice.

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Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan