Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016

Supreme Court declines to hear Kanhaiya’s bail plea, asks him to move High Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain the bail plea of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and asked him to approach the Delhi High Court in this regard.

JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar

JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar

The apex court also noted that it would not be appropriate in its precedence to hear the matter.

The Supreme Court also asked the Government of India to provide ample security to Kanhaiya and his lawyer Vrinda Grover.

Kanhaiya yesterday moved a petition before the apex court, seeking his release from police custody under Article 32 of the Constitution.

Kanhaiya stated in the plea that he “fears for the safety of life and limb” at the Delhi sessions court that had compelled him to approach the apex court.

Kanhaiya had said in his petition that there is repeated breakdown of law and order at the Patiala House Court despite directives of the apex court, making it impossible for him and his lawyers to approach the session’s court for bail.
An apex court bench of Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, while transferring Kanhaiya’s petition, asked the high court to hear it expeditiously.

The court also recorded the statement of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar that the lawyers representing Kanhaiya Kumar before the high court and media personnel be provided with full security.

The court directed its secretary general to forthwith transfer Kanhaiya’s writ petition and related papers to the high court.

Kanhaiya’s lawyers are likely to mention it for an early hearing before the high court on Friday afternoon.

The 28-year-old student Kanhaiya was arrested a week ago for allegedly making anti-national statements at an event on February 9 in support of terrorist Afzal Guru, where anti-India slogans were raised.

inputs with ANI

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