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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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  1. Q
    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.
      1. M
        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!
        1. S
          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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