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JNU row: Jail or bail for Kanhaiya Kumar? Delhi HC to pronounce verdict today

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will today decide the fate of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar when it pronounces its order on his bail plea in connection with a sedition

India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 02, 2016 9:48 IST ]
jail or bail for kanhaiya delhi hc to pronounce verdict
jail or bail for kanhaiya delhi hc to pronounce verdict today

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will today decide the fate of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar when it pronounces its order on his bail plea in connection with a sedition case.

Justice Pratibha Rani had earlier reserved the order after over three hours of hearing on the bail plea of Kanhaiya who is 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 he 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 pro-Afzal Guru's posters.

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.

During the hearing, the Delhi government's counsel had urged the court to grant bail to Kanhaiya, who is currently in Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

He was arrested on February 12 in the case which was registered under sections 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

According to the police, a group of students had on February 9 held an event in the campus and allegedly shouted slogans against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal.

2 videos of protests in JNU 'manipulated': Forensic report

A Delhi government-ordered forensic probe of a set of video clippings of the controversial JNU event has found that two videos were "manipulated" where voices of persons not present in the clips were added.

Out of seven videos sent by the Delhi government to the Hyderabad-based Truth Labs, two have been found to be tampered with while the rest were authentic, sources said.

"In the manipulated clips, videos have been edited and voices have been added. The main report with a supplementary has been submitted to the Delhi government," they said. When asked whether the voices that were added were of persons not seen in the manipulated clips, they said "naturally".

The Arvind Kejriwal led-government had on February 13 ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged raising of anti-national slogans on the Jawaharlal Nehru University's campus on February 9.

Earlier, a video showing raising of anti-India slogans allegedly by outsiders at the event had given a fresh twist to the case. In the video, the youths, whose faces were covered, could be seen raising slogans against India.

Several videos of the event have surfaced since the row broke out leading to the arrest of JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition, triggering widespread protests.

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