The Delhi high court is likely to resume on Monday the hearing on bail plea of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the university campus.
Justice Pratibha Rani, who had on February 24 deferred the hearing till February 29 after Delhi Police informed the bench that it will seek his further custodial interrogation, will resume the hearing on Monday.
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 other JNU students and arrested two other accused students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Umar and Anirban had surrendered before police late on February 23 night. Both are in police custody till February 29.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kanhaiya, had earlier 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.
In its status report filed before the high court, the police had alleged that 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.