Umar Khalid granted permission to visit Kolkata

umar khalid(PTI) JNU student Umar Khalid, facing sedition charge for allegedly raising anti-India slogans at the university campus here in February, was today granted permission by a Delhi court to travel to Kolkata to attend a panel discussion.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh allowed Khalid to travel to the city from May 20 to 23 to attend panel discussion organised by Bastar Solidarity Network (Kolkata Chapter).

As per the application, the discussion will be held on May 21 in Muktangan Hall, Kolkata.

Khalid, along with another varsity student Anirban Bhattacharya, was granted interim bail for six months by the court on March 18 on the ground of parity with co-accused and JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in the case.

In its bail order, the court had directed Umar and Anirban not to leave Delhi without its permission during the period of interim bail and to make themselves available before the investigating officer as and when required for the purpose of the probe.

Umar and Anirban had surrendered to the police on the intervening night of February 23-24 after which they were arrested.

Earlier, Kanhaiya was granted six-month interim bail by the high court on March 2.

Police had arrested Umar and Anirban over a controversial event at JNU on February 9.

The duo had returned to the JNU campus on February 21 after going missing since February 12.

Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Umar, Anirban and three other students — Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash

Failure to depose: Court issues bailable warrants against cops

A has issued bailable warrants against three Uttar Pradesh Police officials for their failure to appear before it to depose as witness in a case involving jailed Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy, who is facing charges of indulging in unlawful activities.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh issued bailable warrants for a sum of Rs 5,000 against Rajesh Srivastava, Sameer Saurabh and Rajiv Diwedi, who were summoned as prosecution witnesses but did not appear before the court.

“Three other witnesses namely SI Rajiv Diwedi, Deputy SP Sameer Saurabh and Deputy SP Rajesh Srivastava were summoned for today, who are served, but have not appeared.

“This matter is fixed for evidence of prosecution on November 5, 2014. Issue bailable warrants qua these three witnesses in the sum of Rs 5,000, to be executed through DGP, UP,” the court said.

The court is currently recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the case in which Ghandy and Rajinder Kumar Fulara are facing trial. Both are lodged in jail under judicial custody.

The court had on July 16, 2012 framed charges against Ghandy for allegedly being a member of a banned terror group and furthering its activities in violation of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

He was charged under sections 20 and 38 of UAPA relating to membership of the banned group CPI-Maoist and furthering its activities.