SC re­fuses to hear JNU leader’s plea

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) stu­dent leader Kanhaiya Ku­mar, ar­rested for al­leged sedi­tion, will spend the week­end in jail af­ter the Supreme Court re­fused on Fri­day to en­ter­tain his bail plea. The top court said ap­proach­ing it di­rectly would set a dan­ger­ous prece­dent and asked him to move the Delhi high court, ad­mit­ting the at­mos­phere in the trial court was not con­ge­nial to let his coun­sel go there.

Kanhaiya’s coun­sel rushed to the high court with the plea around 3 pm. They could not get a hear­ing af­ter the registry raised some tech­ni­cal ob­jec­tions. Sources said the pe­ti­tion would be heard on Fe­bru­ary 22.

A mob of lawyers as­saulted Kanhaiya dur­ing his ap­pear­ance at Pa­tiala House courts on Wed­nes­day and re­peat­edly beat up jour­nal­ists they thought were not suit­ably pa­tri­otic. In the pres­ence of po­lice per­son­nel, the lawyers openly threat­ened

to lynch Kanhaiya and some of them went on to ap­pear in self­con­grat­u­la­tory me­dia in­ter­views.

On Fri­day, hun­dreds of de­fi­ant lawyers staged a demon­stra­tion near the In­dia Gate to as­sert they would phys­i­cally as­sault any­one they deemed anti-na­tional. The

lawyers in­cluded Vikram Singh Chauhan, the face of the at­tacks, and Yashpal Singh against whom po­lice is­sued sum­mons in con­nec­tion with the court as­saults on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day.

THE SEDI­TION CHARGE CASE

ARUN SHARMA/ HT

JNU stu­dent leader Kanhaiya Ku­mar ap­proached the SC on Thurs­day, seek­ing bail on the grounds that his life was un­der threat in Ti­har jail

His plea was taken up by the Supreme Court which

de­clined to en­ter­tain it

Kanhaiya was ar­rested on Fe­bru­ary 12 on sedi­tion charges fol­low­ing a con­tro­ver­sial event at JNU where anti-In­dia slo­gans were al­legedly shouted.

■ Lawyers protest against the al­leged anti-In­dia ac­tiv­i­ties at the JNU cam­pus.

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