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Kanhaiya knocks on High Court door after SC declines to hear bail petition

After the Supreme Court stopped short of hearing the bail petition of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a sedition case, and transferred his plea to the Delhi High Court on Friday, his lawyers rushed to the High Court, where the hearing did not take place because of some technical glitches.

Though a Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and Abhay Manohar Sapre agreed that repeated mob violence on the court premises against Mr. Kumar was “unusual and extraordinary”, it observed that his lawyers, by seeking bail directly from the Supreme Court, were offering a “very dangerous proposition” that could become a precedent for other accused.

The Supreme Court ordered the Centre and the police to provide special security arrangements at the High Court hearing for Mr. Kumar.

A metropolitan magistrate court refused to grant bail to the former Delhi University lecturer, S.A.R. Geelani, in the sedition case connected with a function on February 10.