New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will today resume hearing on a bail plea of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the university campus.
The hearing assumes significance as the police is likely to apprise the bench about the ongoing investigation during which it had taken Kanhaiya to one day custody to confront him with two other JNU students and arrested accused -- Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. Umar and Anirban had surrendered before police late on February 23 night. Both the accused are in police custody till February 29.
Justice Pratibha Rani had earlier on February 24 deferred the hearing till February 29 after Delhi Police informed the bench that it will seek his further custodial interrogation. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kanhaiya, had contended that as per the status report filed by Delhi Police there was no evidence of any anti-India slogans being raised by his client.
Kanhaiya, who was arrested on February 12, was in police custody till February 17 and was later remanded in judicial custody till March 2 amid violence at the court premises during the remand proceedings.
He was taken to one-day police custody on February 25 and was thereafter remanded back in judicial custody for two weeks on February 26.
In its status report filed before the high court, police had alleged Kanhaiya had not only participated in the event in JNU campus on February 9 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised but had "actually organised" the programme.
It had claimed that besides Kanhaiya and other accused, some "foreign elements" were also present during the event and they had covered their faces to hide their identity.
"The investigation agency is looking for linkage between the petitioner (Kanhaiya), his co-accused and the said foreign elements who were hiding their identity by covering their faces," the police had said while opposing his bail plea.