Umar Khalid must follow law and surrender, says Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, accused of raising anti-India slogans in university campus, to surrender before police and follow due procedure of law.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2016 1:34 pm
jnu-umar-khalid-759 JNU student Umar Khalid (Express Photo)

Declining to pass any immediate order on their plea for “safe surrender” and indicating that it will take up the matter in detail Wednesday, the Delhi High Court Tuesday suggested that JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, wanted by police in connection with raising of alleged anti-national slogans on the campus, 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.

JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya Move Delhi High Court To Surrender Before It

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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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm
    There is Confirmation that the Videos were Doctored and the Courts should take note of that
    1. C
      Chocolate Chocolate
      Feb 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm
      Judge Bob at his best.
      1. C
        Chocolate Chocolate
        Feb 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm
        Oh ho. Judge Bob.
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          Sivaramakrishnan Iyer
          Feb 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm
          Brave man Umar Kalid!
          1. H
            Feb 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
            Post retirement plum position waiting for the judge. Rejoice brahmin buggers.
            1. L
              Feb 23, 2016 at 11:54 am
              A brazenly biased Highly CORRUPT(HC) without any evidence that the students raised slogans asks the students to surrender. DISSOLVE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM FIR EVER!
            2. J
              Feb 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm
              Unless there is evidence there is no need for him to surrender.
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                IML sood
                Feb 23, 2016 at 11:54 am
                Oh Kujli another tight slap on Aaptard's face.The logic that present Govt .is anti student shows some thing fishy in yours party thinking. One may presume this party may have some secret understanding with these anti national students of JNU.Yesterday the Chief Justice court observed that Delhi aGovt.Minister sitting in courts hearing does not have any knowledge of ground realities,instead of making efforts towards solving problems he is wasting his time in Court as if it is picnic spot.Everything your Govt. wants on platter without doing anything and sitting comfortably in AC rooms. Today High Cout ordered that this anti national students must surrender to Police.Give them some advice how to fight against rule of law as Aaptards have been doing till now.Kujli and party is always available with people at the wrong side of the law of land. A distruptive party of course.
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