Hours after High Court nudge, Umar Khalid, JNU friend surrender to police

Khalid and Bhattacharya have been booked for sedition for allegedly raising 'anti-national' slogans in the campus.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2016 12:27 pm
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JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, wanted by Delhi Police in connection with raising of alleged anti-national slogans on the campus, surrendered late Tuesday night. Special Commissioner (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra confirmed the development. Police sources said both students had moved out of the JNU campus and were in their custody.

They were driven out of the campus in a vehicle belonging to the JNU security firm and were met by police officers in two vehicles.

Watch Video: What Transpired In Delhi HC Before JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya Surrendered

Khalid’s friend Banjyotsna Lahiri confirmed the surrender: “They wanted to put an end to all this and we all wanted it to be a low-key affair. They have been taken into police custody. We don’t know where they will go.”

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Three other students wanted by police — Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar and Rama Naga — said they would not surrender.

“We have already given our mobile phone numbers to the police, they have not called us until now. So why should we surrender,” Narayan said.

Earlier in the day, declining to pass any immediate order on their plea for “safe surrender” and indicating that it would take up the matter in detail Wednesday, the Delhi High Court Tuesday suggested that Khalid and Bhattacharya surrender and “follow due procedure”.

Justice Pratibha Rani, while declining to pass any order for “interim protection”, mentioned that the trial court would be looking into the matter of police remand, and that a person arrested by police had to produced before the trial court within 24 hours.

Khalid and Bhattacharya had moved petitions seeking permission to surrender before the High Court and “safe passage” from the JNU campus to the court premises, alleging there was “threat to life and limb”.

They referred to the attacks last week on journalists and JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested for sedition, at the Patiala House Courts by lawyers and others. They said they feared they would be attacked if they were taken to the Patiala House Courts, that they were “more vulnerable to unprovoked attacks from a frenzied public than Kanhaiya Kumar”,

Justice Pratibha Rani, who refused to allow arguments from lawyers representing Delhi Police and Delhi government, asked the counsel for the JNU students to write down a name and place for their surrender. She also asked the petitioners to indicate which lawyers would accompany them during the surrender process.

Watch Video: Scene Outside JNU Campus After Umar Khalid & Anirban Bhattacharya Surrendered

DCP (South) Prem Nath, who was present in the courtroom, objected to submissions made by the lawyers of the students.

The judge then called the DCP and one of the lawyers to her chamber for a closed hearing.

During the hearing, advocate Kamini Jaiswal, who appeared for the JNU students, told the bench that the students had to file a surrender application due to the “exceptional circumstances” that had been created. She pointed out that Kanhaiya Kumar had been beaten up in court while in police custody, and that sting operations shown in the media had indicated that a section of lawyers was “ready to attack” the other students. She argued for “permission for peaceful surrender before the Delhi High Court.”

The surrender pleas were taken up by the High Court after 4 pm under heavy police deployment outside. Entry into the courtroom was restricted and only a handful of reporters and lawyers were allowed to enter.

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    Amit
    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 am
    डर के मारे खालिद और भट्टाचार्य की पैंट अभी से गीली हो रही है. कायर हैं साले. जब दम नही था क्यों उछल रहे थे ?
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      Amit
      Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 am
      डर के मारे खालिद और भट्टाचार्य की पैंट अभी से गीली हो रही है. कायर हैं साले. जब दम नही था क्यों उछल रहे थे ?!
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        Amit
        Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 am
        डर के मारे खालिद और भट्टाचार्य की पैंट अभी से गीली हो रही है. कायर हैं साले. जब दम नही था क्यों उछल रहे थे ?---
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          Amit
          Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 am
          डर के मारे खालिद और भट्टाचार्य की पैंट अभी से गीली हो रही है. कायर हैं साले. जब दम नही था क्यों उछल रहे थे ?..
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            Amit
            Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 am
            डर के मारे खालिद और भट्टाचार्य की पैंट अभी से गीली हो रही है. कायर हैं साले. जब दम नही था क्यों उछल रहे थे ?
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              Amit
              Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 am
              डर के मारे खालिद और भट्टाचार्य की पैंट अभी से गीली हो रही है. कायर हैं साले. जब दम नही था क्यों उछल रहे थे ?===
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                Ashoknarang
                Feb 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm
                They have weekend their case by absconding from the scene. No body has right to raise and do anti national activity. They should be punished severely to set an example not to indulge in these type of activities. You can't do anything wrong in the country where you are born,has given you the status and ideny instead you should have focussed on your studies and future.
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                  Rajvardhan
                  Feb 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm
                  This PIG need to HANG on DELHI streets along with PAPPAU (Make in ITALY) and AK( Head of Street dog party / TEAM ANNA BACK STABBER) so that no dare to raise ANTI INDIA slogans plus COMMUNIST CRIMINALS should also get this taste we fully support TEAM MODI and we will VOTE ONLY BJP to save this country from the CONGRESS GOONS Jai sree ram
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                    Salman ishaque
                    Feb 24, 2016 at 3:18 am
                    Today the news reporter is doing totally biasness to show a Muslim as a protesters even Bhattacharya and kanhayna kumar is the President and leader of protest , they don't reveal their name or footage to public , you the media just want to defame Muslim . jitna haq ek Hindu ka h utna bi haq ek Muslim ka bi is desh per,
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                      Sam
                      Feb 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm
                      Oh god..save this country from terrorists......
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                        Yogesh
                        Feb 24, 2016 at 12:55 am
                        Muslim extremists have been doing this kind of anti national, anti other religion activities in the garb of liberalism leftism in all cosmopolitan universities all over the world - I suspect it is linked to Daesh Caliphate ideology
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                          Anil
                          Feb 24, 2016 at 1:10 am
                          Finally law catches up with Anti national elements of JNU .. They were hiding behind the walls of JNU and doing Anti National separatist politics and now afraid to go to Jail.. In fact all universities should be cleansed of such elements , else they will keep spring up in one university or other .. and disturb other students also
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                            ak dev
                            Feb 23, 2016 at 7:11 pm
                            So the first shot of drama has completed. We know the actors and a little bit about the story. However, nobody seems to be claiming the direction of this plot that kept the Delhi police on their toes for last two weeks.
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                              Anil
                              Feb 24, 2016 at 4:36 am
                              Those who want to stay in India should support India and wish for Her progress. Any one raising a voice against her, their place is Jail. No doubt.
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                                AKHTAR
                                Feb 24, 2016 at 11:22 am
                                WHY LOT OF PEOPLE ARE AGAINST AMM ADMI PARTY, it is selected by DELHI People , why we oppose them. Please respect Mr. Kejriwal
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                                  Hanif Shaikh
                                  Feb 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm
                                  if someone came to my home and threatened my mother , it shall not be called freedom of speech. so how can someone threatening to make my motherland into pieces be called freedom of speech. Even Allah will not forgive these traitors. Jai Hind
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                                    Arun
                                    Feb 24, 2016 at 4:06 am
                                    Hope the police do not beat up these students in their custody.
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                                      Aschutosch Somwanshey
                                      Feb 24, 2016 at 4:47 am
                                      fabindia activists.
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                                        KillemAll
                                        Feb 24, 2016 at 12:47 am
                                        Hope they get beat up both in and out of jail.
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                                          genius
                                          Feb 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm
                                          Saira, One simple fact: Students go to school and colleges for studies. That's it. In addition to studying they can make their name in activities such as sports, music, drama, and more. But chanting slogan against India and supporting terrorists is sedition. They are pawns of anti-India parties like Congress and AAP.
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                                            S.Gonesh
                                            Feb 24, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                            The bright minds of destruction can now face Court and clean up their minds. The puppy could have done better practicing her Hindu Karma. Now the chance is there.
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