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JNU row: HC adjourns hearing on Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea till February 29


New Delhi :JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, charged with sedition, may have to spend another couple of days in prison as the Delhi High Court adjourned hearing on bail plea till February 29.

Kanhaiya has contended that he was ‘falsely implicated’.

His counsel said all defects in his petition pointed out yesterday by the Registry have been rectified and the legal team would press that he was wrongly arrested on the basis of an FIR which was devoid of evidence to book him under such a serious charge.
The counsel said the petition is limited to bail for Kanhaiya who was arrested on February 12.

Kanhaiya has sought bail claiming he was falsely implicated as he had never raised any anti-national slogans during an event organised in Jawaharlal Nehru university (JNU) on February 9.

In the plea, he has also claimed that no case is made out against him as there was no evidence.

Kanhaiya had approached the high court after the Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear his bail petition on the ground that it will set a “dangerous precedent” and had asked him to approach the high court.

Escorted by police, Kanhaiya’s lawyers Sushil Bajaj and Vrinda Grover had thereafter rushed to the high court Registrar yesterday and mentioned the petition when certain deficiencies were pointed out in it.

Security was yesterday beefed up in the high court, not far away from the Patiala House Courts, which was the scene of attacks on Kanhaiya and journalists by a group of unruly lawyers on Monday and Wednesday.

Kanhaiya, who is in judicial custody till March 2, had approached the apex court directly seeking bail on the ground that his life was under threat in the Tihar Jail.

He was arrested on February 12 on sedition charge following a controversial event at JNU campus where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.


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