Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on the charges of sedition, moved Supreme Court on Thursday seeking bail. Claiming threat to his life inside Tihar jail, Kanhaiya Kumar has sought the intervention of the apex court. Supreme Court bench of justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre will hear his bail application on Friday.
Kumar was attacked by a group of lawyers and an individual when he was produced before the magistrate of Patiala House court on Wednesday. His attackers are yet to be apprehended by the police.
Senior advocate and former Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee will argue for Kanhaiya Kumar. He will be assisted by another senior advocate Raju Ramachandran.
In his bail application before the top court, Kumar has submitted that there is a threat to his life and no purpose would be served by keeping him in the jail as the police has been finding it difficult to produce him even in the court.
Adding further grounds for seeking bail, he contended there was no need for his custodial interrogation as he has already been sent to judicial custody.
In a related development, reports have emerged that the student leader was slapped with sedition charge based on a video clip of the controversial event held at JNU last week after it was aired by a Hindi news channel.
According to the FIR, police went ahead charging Kanhaiya Kumar on February 11 after obtaining the video clip of the event, held two days earlier, from the channel though policemen were present at the event. He was arrested on February 12, with police accusing him of raising alleged ‘anti-India’ slogans. Reportedly, students of JNU have been maintaining that Kumar never raised such objectionable slogans.
The controversial event at the varsity campus was organised by a students’ union to discuss the contentious issue of hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
According to the FIR, three constables were sent in civil clothes at the JNU after police received information about possible trouble at the event.
“HC Rambir No. 2923/SD, CT Karmbir No. 1664/SD, CT Dharmbir No. 3846/SD were sent in civil dress to the Sabarmati Dhaba and were briefed accordingly”, the FIR said adding that two more clips were acquired in the later stages of investigation.
The footage was broadcast on February 10 evening, following which the police sent a letter to the channel’s editor and obtained the video clip in a CD the next day.
(With inputs from the PTI)