HC dismisses plea against Kanhaiya; to hear petition against his bail today

: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition seeking action on sedition charges and a probe by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for his alleged remarks against the Army after he was released on bail.

Meanwhile, a separate petition was filed in the HC seeking cancellation of Mr. Kumar’s interim bail. The plea contended that his conduct and speeches subsequent to his release amounted to “anti-national” activities, which were in violation of the bail conditions. The court will hear the petition on Wednesday

Justice Pratibha Rani refused to entertain the plea of social activist Dev Dutt Sharma seeking action against the student leader, while observing that since investigation into the sedition case was in progress, the petitioner could not jump to a conclusion. “If any anti-national slogans are being raised now, there is a law and order system in place, which will take care of it. You need not worry about the image of the nation in this regard,” the Judge told the petitioner's counsel Sugriva Dubey.

The court also questioned the locus standi of the petitioner for filing the plea. When Mr. Dubey contended that the petitioner was a “responsible and concerned citizen” of India, the court said this kind of social activism was not warranted in the matter. When the court said it would order the presence of the petitioner so that he is aware of the cost that may be imposed on him, Mr. Dubey sought to withdraw the petition. The court said it was dismissing the petition as withdrawn.

The court had granted interim bail for six months to Mr. Kumar on March 2 in the sedition case registered against him in connection with a controversial event organised on the JNU campus last month.

The petition seeking cancellation of Mr. Kumar’s bail, moved by one Prashant Kumar Umrao, will come up for hearing before Justice Pratibha Rani on Wednesday. The plea said the student leader had violated the bail conditions.

Mr. Umrao alleged that the speeches and slogans delivered by Mr. Kumar and his associates amounted to continuation of his “anti-national” activities. His act had challenged the sovereignty and integrity of the nation and lowered the reputation of the country and its citizens, claimed the petition.

Mr. Kumar had “wilfully and deliberately” violated the conditions imposed on him by the court while releasing him on interim bail as well as the undertaking given by him, said the petition.

Petition contesting Kumar's interim bail says his recent speeches violate bail conditions

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