Judicial custody of two students extended; plea for bail filed

: JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case in which Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar is also an accused, moved bail applications in a Sessions Court here on Tuesday.

The judicial custody of both Mr. Khalid and Mr. Bhattacharya was on Tuesday extended by 14 days by the court of a Judicial Magistrate.

The remand proceeding was conducted in the court through video conferencing from Tihar jail.

The two students, who had allegedly organised a controversial event on the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on the university campus last month, had surrendered on February 23 night. Following their arrest, they have been lodged in Tihar Central Jail.

Mr. Khalid’s father S.Q.R. Ilyas confirmed to The Hindu that the two students had filed the bail applications in the Patiala House District Courts. The pleas are likely to come up for hearing before a Sessions Court on Wednesday.

The bail applications contended that the accused were not required for any custodial interrogation as they were in judicial custody. “No purpose will be served by keeping the accused in custody,” stated the applications.

Since the Delhi High Court had directed the police to maintain confidentiality during their remand proceedings, the two students were remanded in police custody after hearing at a police station near JNU on February 25. The court later sent them to judicial custody on March 1.

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