NEW DELHI: JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, facing charges of sedition as well as a lookout notice issued by the Delhi Police, moved the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking their protection before they surrender in the case, in order to prevent any untoward incident.
The petition of the two students was mentioned for urgent hearing by their lawyers before a Division Bench presided over by Justice B.D. Ahmed on Tuesday morning. The Bench agreed to hear the plea later on Tuesday after the lawyers said the students were willing to surrender.
Five students, including Umar and Anirban, accused of sedition in connection with an event organised in JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, had returned to the university on Sunday night after remaining untraceable for several days.
The move comes on a day when hundreds of students took out a march demanding justice for Hyderabad University research scholar Rohith Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar.
4.40 pm: Dissent is not anti-nationalism. We must prepare for a revolution: S.Q.R. Ilyas at Jantar Mantar.
4.35 pm: I am missing Kanhaiya & Umar here. They wanted to be a part of this protest: S.Q.R. Ilyas, Umar Khalid’s father.
4.34 pm: I support Rohith Act. Leave activities in universities to the the universities themselves: Arvind Kejriwal at Jantar Mantar.
4.32 pm: It started with FTII, then Hyderabad University, IIT and now JNU, says Arvind Kejriwal. Attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
4.31 pm: All goondas have certificates of nationalism. Good people like Kanhaiya, Aamir Khan are anti-nationals: Arvind Kejriwal
4.30 pm: Promise Rohith’s mother and brother, won’t let the movement die: Arvind Kejriwal.
(Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Rohit Vemula’s mother and brother during a students rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty)
4.20 pm: Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi makes a U-turn from his earlier stand of not opposing JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea in the High Court, saying it was due to “change in circumstances“. Mr. Bassi had earlier asserted that the police will not oppose Mr. Kumar’s bail, maintaining that a young man like him should be given another chance. However, the police chief on Tuesday justified his backtracking saying, “The circumstances when I had said so, those have totally changed.”
4 pm: Mounting a fresh attack, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has accused the Modi government and the RSS of crushing voices of dissent of college and university students across the country and pitched for a law to protect them from “discrimination” and “suppression“.
“We need a law to ensure that students in colleges and universities do not face discrimination and their voice is not stifled,” Rahul said lending his support to hundreds of students who took out a march demanding justice for Hyderabad University research scholar Rohith Vemula, and Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU student arrested on charges of sedition.
3 pm: In its latest report on the JNU row, Delhi Police has cited evidence collected by the varsity’s internal inquiry committee suggesting that eight students, including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, allegedly indulged in raising unconstitutional slogans.
(CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat with Rohit Vemula’s mother and brother during a students rally to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty)