JNU row: Supreme Court refuses to hear Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea

In his bail petition, Kanhaiya had complained of repeated breakdown of law and order at the Patiala House Courts despite directives of the apex court.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 3:09 pm
Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU, JNU row, Kanhaiya Kumar bail, JNU protests, Kanhaiya Kumar bail plea, Kanhaiya Kumar bail, JNU Kanhaiya Kumar, SC Kanhaiya Kumar bail Kanhaiya Kumar, head of the student’s union at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is escorted by police outside the Patiala House court in New Delhi, February 17, 2016. (Express Photo- Praveen Khanna)

The Supreme Court today refused to hear the bail plea of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNUSU president who was arrested on sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-national slogans.

The top court directed the matter to the Delhi High Court. It observed that hearing Kanhaiya’s bail plea directly would open floodgates of such requests in the future. The court agreed that Kanhaiya’s bail hearing may not be possible at the Patiala House Court and that he may approach the HC.

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The court also told the Centre and the Delhi Police to ensure the safety of Kanhaiya to which the government’s counselor agreed.

In his bail petition, Kanhaiya said there is repeated breakdown of law and order at the Patiala House Courts despite directives of the apex court, making it impossible for him and his lawyers to approach the sessions court for bail.

Here are the latest updates: 

11:42 am: BREAKING – Supreme Court refuses to hear the bail plea of Kanhaiya Kumar and sends the matter to the Delhi High Court.

11:30 am: SC- Once enough security is provided to accused & his lawyer, there should be no problem appearing at PH Court.

11:10 am: Delhi Police also submits their report on Patiala House Court violence in SC.

11:05 am: Delhi Police has not sought extension of police remand for Kanhaiya Kumar, says Kanhaiya’s lawyer.

Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU, JNU row, Kanhaiya Kumar bail, JNU protests, Kanhaiya Kumar bail plea, Kanhaiya Kumar bail, JNU Kanhaiya Kumar, SC Kanhaiya Kumar bail Reporters outside Supreme Court for Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

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