Two more students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya – were granted six months interim bail by the Delhi sessions court Friday evening. Both were arrested under the charges of sedition after the controversial incident in the varsity campus last month, where alleged anti-national slogans were raised.
JNU Student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar too was arrested under the similar charges. He is already out on an interim bail.
Granting the bail to the two students, who were arrested and has been lodged in jail since February 23, the court observed that their case wasn’t different from JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on March 2.
“I am granting them interim bail for six months,” Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh said in his order, adding that the duo will not leave the country without its prior permission.
The court also sought the two students to furnish a personal bond of Rs 25,000 each with one surety of the like amount.
Umar and Anirban, who are lodged in jail since February 23, had sought bail on the ground of parity with JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, saying he has already been granted bail and the incident did not attract charges of sedition. The two had surrendered to the police on the intervening night of February 23-24.
During the course of hearing, Delhi police had strongly opposed the bail applications of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. The police claimed that allegations were grave as they were the main organisers of the campus event in which alleged anti-national slogans were raised.
The police had arrested Umar and Anirban for allegedly organising the controversial event at JNU on February 9.
The duo had returned to the JNU campus on February 21 after going missing since February 12. Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Umar, Anirban along with three other students.
(With inputs from the PTI)