It seems like sedition has become the flavour of the season. As the nation, from newsrooms to parliament, debates the validity of the charges, sedition charges have been filed against Congress vice president R Gandhi, CPI’s D Raja, CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, Anand Sharma and JNU students, Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid under section 124 A (sedition) Saroornagar PS, Cyberabad, Telangana. FIRs have been registered under Section 156 (3) against the aforementioned.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court is likely to resume hearing on Monday a bail plea of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the university campus.
Justice Pratibha Rani, who had on February 24 deferred the hearing till February 29 after Delhi police informed the bench that it will seek his further custodial interrogation, will resume the hearing tomorrow.
The hearing assumes significance as the police is likely to apprise the bench about the ongoing investigation during which it had taken Kanhaiya to one day custody to confront him with two other JNU students and arrested accused – Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Umar and Anirban had surrendered before police late on February 23 night. Both the accused are in police custody till February 29.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kanhaiya, had earlier contended that as per the status report filed by Delhi Police there was no evidence of any anti-India slogans being raised by his client.
Kanhaiya, who was arrested on February 12, was in police custody till February 17 and was later remanded in judicial custody till March 2 amid violence at the court premises during the remand proceedings.
He was taken to one-day police custody on February 25 and was thereafter remanded back in judicial custody for two weeks on February 26.