Sedition case: Kanhaiya, 2 others move court, seek regular bail
Besides Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were also out on interim bail, have moved the trial court for regular bail. Their pleas would come up for hearing on Saturday.
The move came after the Delhi high court had on August 17 refused Kanhaiya’s application for regular bail and asked him to approach a sessions court for the purpose. He was granted interim bail by the High Court on March 2 for six months, which is scheduled to expire on September 1.
While granting interim bail to Khalid and Bhattacharya on March 18, the trial court had observed that the role attributed to Kanhaiya did not appear to be different from the allegations levelled against the two accused. The court had granted relief to the duo on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of the like amount, which was complied with by them, following which they were ordered to be released till September 19.
The court had also directed Khalid and Bhattacharya not to leave Delhi without its permission during the period of interim bail and make themselves available before the investigating officer as and when required for probe.
The High Court had earlier granted interim conditional bail for six months to Kanhaiya, asking him not participate actively or passively in any activity that could be termed anti-national. It had on August 11 declined the plea of two private individuals to cancel Kanhaiya’s interim bail, saying that nothing had been brought before it to show that the student leader had made any anti-national speech after his release.
Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges in connection with an event on the campus on February 8 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Umar and Anirban were arrested later.