A COURT here on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail application of the 12 students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). District judge R S Tiwari, however, stayed the order for eight days in order to allow them to approach higher court.
Justice Tiwari was hearing a plea for extension of the anticipatory bail granted to the students by Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Narendra Joshi in August.
Following a complaint filed by FTII Director Prashant Pathrabe, the Deccan police had arrested five students. They were arrested for their alleged role in manhandling and threatening the director.
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Pathrabe’s FIR had named 12 more students, who were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Police had sought custody of the students for interrogation, which Justice Joshi rejected.
Along with granting bail to the five students, the court had also granted anticipatory bail to the 12 other students.
Advocate Shrikant Shivade, who appeared for the students, confirmed the rejection of anticipatory bail.
Among those whose bail plea was rejected included Harishankar Nachimuthu, president of the FTII students’ body.
Yashavi, a former student of the institute, said they were studying the grounds on which bail was rejected.
“These 12 students include the president of the students’ body and four others who were supposed to be part of the panel to meet the ministry in Delhi,” said Yashavi.
The students of FTII have been on strike for more than 100 days over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan and others to the governing body of the institute. The students are supposed to meet Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore for another round of meeting soon.