JNU row: Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya’s police custody extended by 2 more days

Khalid and Anirban were earlier sent to three days' police remand on February 24, after their midnight surrender and subsequent arrest in the case.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2016 8:29 pm
NU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya JNU students- Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya

A Delhi court on Saturday allowed the custodial interrogation of two JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case, by two more days. The court extended the police custody of the duo, who had allegedly organised a controversial event at the JNU on February 9 where anti-India slogans were said to have been raised, after police contended that they were required for further probe in the case.

The police claimed that around 22 people present at the flashpoint JNU event, including some outsiders, have been identified after the joint interrogation of Khalid, Anirban and JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar arrested in the same case.

Khalid and Anirban were earlier sent to three days’ police remand on February 24, after their midnight surrender and subsequent arrest in the case.

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Earlier, the Delhi High Court had ordered that “confidentiality” be maintained during the remand proceedings of Umar and Anirban, besides Kumar, while directing the police to ensure that no one “suffers even a scratch” and there is no ruckus this time.

Lawyers had allegedly assaulted Kumar when he was brought to Patiala House Court for remand proceedings, in defiance of a Supreme Court order, on February 17. Two days earlier, when Kumar was to be brought to the court, the same set of lawyers had thrashed journalists and JNU students and teachers.

The high court order had came during the hearing on Kumar’s bail plea after it was informed that the student leader and Umar and Anirban were apprehending threat to their safety and security during production before Patiala House courts for remand proceedings.

The police also inquired whether two of them were the main organisers of the February 9 event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and whether they were involved in anti-India sloganeering which allegedly took place. The duo had returned to the JNU campus last Sunday after going missing since February 12.

Besides Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya, the other students allegedly involved in the case are Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash. Ashutosh has joined the investigation with the Delhi Police. The police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Khalid, Bhattacharya, Naga, Ashutosh and Prakash.

In its order, the high court had also directed its Registrar General to depute a Metropolitan Magistrate for conducting remand proceedings and asked DCP (South) Prem Nath, who was present inside the courtroom during the hearing, to co-ordinate with the Registrar General for this.

The bench said Kanhaiya’s counsel has apprehended serious threat to his client’s life during production before the court for remand proceedings and for this reason, his bail plea was transmitted to the High Court by the Supreme Court. The court had heard brief arguments on Kanhaiya’s bail plea and posted it for further hearing on February 29 as Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta said that in view of the arrest of Khalid and Bhattacharya, the police would file an application seeking his further police custody.

The court had also heard separate petitions filed by Khalid and Bhattacharya in which they had sought security before they surrender to police and their advocates told the bench that since their clients have surrendered the prayer “does not survive”.

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    Question.for.brahmins
    Feb 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm
    Why, BItard did not arrange ABVP to attack Umar Kalid and Anirban under the supervision of SUPREME CORRUPT(SC) of INDIA.
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      IML sood
      Feb 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm
      It is not for matter of one or two days, they must be prepared to be behind bars for years together.More are to follow be patient,even teachers there be probed who have helped them to hide in women's hostel. To live in this country and try to harm it who will tolerate . All patriot will support Govt. efforts but traitors are many pampered by 60 years of Cong.rule, whose comments one can judge.
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        MyTake
        Feb 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm
        India's misplaced notion about roles in democracy need to be updated with earthly substance and contextualised thereafter. Not letting police or the court do its job is not what democracy is. Having a free run in the name of democracy will only create pockets for terrorists to get a foothold of. It's education system need to be updated with this message. 15 secs. glory about democratic rights left and right may be OK for vested interest groups to further their agenda but not good for the public safety and security! This even goes against the oath of office that the politician take in the name of upholding public interested high in their agenda. On the flip side this is a dry run by the mafia clan to test the water by questioning judiciary and court so they can take up their next issue in mind of muzzling with court proceedings on Herald Case. Mafia does not do anything without a higher goal setting in sight!
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          SIngh
          Feb 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm
          When will media stop this running commentary? Is this then 1st time that some student leaders are being questioned? Go to UP, bihar, WB daily some or incidents keep happening. Media has make it habit of shouting on everything. There are lot more positive things happening in India. even if you want to criticize Modi, do it on some other matter like economy or anything else. BUt pls. stop this non-sense daily reporting
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            Nampurath Krishna
            Feb 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm
            High time the media and others indulge in opposing the Modi regime just for the sake of opposing should be careful lest be on its own peril, playing with fire would not only burn but may turn into inferno and consequence thereof solely lie on them.
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              tyhj
              Feb 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm
              Put these goons in jail for next 300 years. Traitors have no place in civil society.
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                Das
                Feb 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm
                BJP's media spokesperson are poor in countering Cong-Jihadi-Commie media. One question they are not rebutting is "Anti-India slogans are in Kashmir and so OK in rest of India and JNU"! Rebuttal should be as: 1. Kashmir problem is Congi legacy. 2. Kashmir is disturbed area do you also want to make rest of the nation same. 3. Precisely because of those slogans there is conflict and lawlessness in Kashmir 4. Do Congi and their paid agents in media want to replicate the situation they created in Kashmir in rest of India. 5. Just because you have difficult in stopping all thefts/crime in one area does not means that you turn b;ind eye and encourage in other.
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                  Das
                  Feb 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm
                  That is Congress's mess and it will take time to clear it, wait and watch!
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                    George Cruz
                    Feb 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm
                    Both of these students two JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are the icons of what is wrong with the JNU as a result of the support of the corrupt communists like Sitaram Yechury, congress party pseudo secular supporters, and the failed/corrupt AAP to the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadis under the banner of students who have wasted the Indian government resources and have the back stabbed mother India. The congress and its dynastic leaders like Rahul hi openly supported the riots, protests, and anti-national activities like glorifying the convicted barbaric terrorist Afzal Guru who was responsible for the death many innocent people in the name of democracy/freedom. The truth is that the congress party dynastic leaders are foreign born, don't know or interested in knowing India's history/culture, has been dividing the Indian citizens for their political gains, never interested in the progress of the country other than looting the country's wealth.
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                      john
                      Feb 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm
                      Violence against churches by Islamic radicals in Bangladesh. Chrsitn men and women in constant retort, why is no media covering this. Shame
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                        john
                        Feb 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm
                        Why no media covering Islamic radicals terrorizing Christians and Hindus in Bangladesh, West Bengal and kerela
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                          J.V.R
                          Feb 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm
                          BECAUSE HE BORN WITHOUT FATHER, SO SORRY?.
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                            J.V.R
                            Feb 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm
                            BECAUSE THESE ISLAMIC RADICALS ARE THEIR CLOSE RELATIVES OF THESE PAID MEDIA.
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                              J.V.R
                              Feb 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm
                              IF YOU PAY THEIR DEMANDED MONEY, THEN THESE PA...ID MEDIA WILL STOP THIS RUNNING COMMENTARY IMMEDIATELY THAT'S ALL IT IS VERY SIMPLE.
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                                M Prabhu
                                Feb 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm
                                In Annihilation of Caste, Dr. Ambedkar wrote: “If you wish to bring about a breach in the system, you have got to apply the dynamite to the Vedas and the Shastras which deny any part to reason, to Vedas and Shastras, which deny any part to morality. You must destroy the Religion of the Shrutis and the Smritis. Nothing else will avail. This is my considered view of the matter.”
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                                  M Prabhu
                                  Feb 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm
                                  “An unjust law is no law at all” – Martin Luther King
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                                    Pankaj k
                                    Feb 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm
                                    Democracy has three pillar- Executive (e.g. PM), Press and Judiciary. Modi already hacked Press (News channel) and tried for Judiciary by appointing Judge of their choice., however SC turned down. But with Kanhaiya incident, we Indians except BJP supporters are loosing faith. So this must be debated in University. Unfortunately, VC like Jagdeesh Kumar is appointed by Smriti Irani, so he can,t go against her for his career.
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                                      Pankaj k
                                      Feb 27, 2016 at 6:17 pm
                                      Doubt crept in our mind whether we should admit hypocritically that We believe in Judiciary? Citizen certainly feels Cheated because decision always favoured to influentials. Today, ordinary citizen are having doubt on our judiciary ??? Judiciary is not above society. It is for society.
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                                        Rahul
                                        Feb 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm
                                        , mind your bussiness. Go clean up the debris after the latest bombings by your "peaceful" people, rather than prowl Indian newsblogs.
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                                          Ram
                                          Feb 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm
                                          Are you accussing the brahmins ehi are a minority in this country We always beleive and orsu good for all why is the negative thought in your stupida brains
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                                            Ram
                                            Feb 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                                            Hang this useless JNU guys Good for nothing there motive is not to earn degree but to create tensions JNU should be delisted as the university is producing only anti Nationals
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