The Supreme Court on February 19 declined to hear the bail plea of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on sedition charges for allegedly chanting “anti-national” slogans at an event in the university.
Kumar was asked to go to appropriate court instead, ANI reported.
Kumar was given the liberty to move his plea on the same day.
Additionally, the Court ordered the Government of India to provide special arrangements for the security of Kumar, his lawyers and journalists.
On February 17, he was sent to Tihar jail for fourteen days. Kumar’s lawyers had sought bail on February 18, citing threat to his life in Tihar Jail. He would be kept in isolation for these fourteen days as authorities don’t want to take any chances.
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He has now been placed in ward number 4 of the jail so as to ensure proximity to the jail hospital in case of an emergency.
In his bail petition, Kanhaiya said there is repeated breakdown of law and order at the Patiala House Courts despite directives of the apex court, making it impossible for him and his lawyers to approach the sessions court for bail. Kumar has also has written a letter presenting, in detail, his side of the matter: