New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail hanged in tricky balance on Wednesday with the Delhi High court likely to announce orders on the JNUSU president’s bail plea in the sedition case against him.
Kanhaiya is accused of raising anti-national slogans inside the JNU campus during an event on February 9.
On Monday, the hearing session totalled three hours after which Justice Pratibha Rani reserved the orders. Kanhaiya’s counsel argued that the JNUSU president did not indulge in any anti-national sloganeering.
On the other hand, Delhi Police alleged that they have evidence Kanhaiya and others raised such slogans and were also holding 2001 Parliament attack terrorist Afzal Guru’s posters.
Police have also said that Kanhaiya did not cooperate in the probe and came out with ‘contradictory statements’ in the joint investigation session held by the Delhi police and the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The court also asked the Delhi Police questions about pressing sedition charges on the accused and told them to show evidence against Kanhaiya for his active involvement.
Delhi Police, however, says in its report that it is trying to unearth the larger conspiracy as the JNU event had an international impact.
The police have also mentioned some foreign elements with their faces covered to be seen in the video raising slogans. The identity of these elements is still unknown and they are probing the link between the accused and these foreign elements. The source of finance for this event is also being investigated by the police.
Kapil Sibal, one of the defence counsels, 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.”