NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court today gave 6-month interim bail to Kanhaiya Kumar, the Jawaharlal Nehru students’ union president who was arrested on sedition charge. Kanhaiya is currently lodged in the Tihar Jail under judicial custody.
The court gave relief to Kanhaiya by asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount. The high court made it clear that a JNU faculty member has to stand as surety for Kanhaiya.
Justice Pratibha Rani had on Monday reserved the order after over three hours of hearing on the bail plea of Kanhaiya, accused of raising anti-India slogans inside JNU campus during an event organised on February 9.
During the hearing, while Kanhaiya’s counsel had argued that the student leader had never raised any slogans against the nation, Delhi Police had maintained that there was evidence that he and others were shouting anti-India slogans and were holding Afzal Guru’s posters.
As per law, in sedtion case, 60 days from the date of FIR charge sheet has to be filed, other wise, accused definitely gets bail. As police has no evidence against Kanhaiah, this interim bail in real terms it is a permanent bail.
The police had claimed that Kanhaiya was “not cooperating” in the probe and even came out with “contradictory” statements in joint interrogation by Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police.
The defence lawyers, including senior advocate Kapil Sibal, had countered the allegations saying there were “some outsiders with covered faces who raised anti-India slogans and Kanhaiya was seen in CCTV footage asking them for their identity cards.”
The bench had also asked tough questions to the police on slapping sedition charge on the accused and asked it to show evidence against him of his “active role” in raising anti-India slogans.
Giving him the bail today, the high court listed out certain conditions, including that he will have to cooperate in the investigation in the case and present himself before the investigators as and when required.