Delhi’s Patiala House Court has granted interim bail for six months to the arrested JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Both have been in jail on charges of raising anti-national slogans on the campus on 9 February.
Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya have to furnish bail bond of 25 thousand each and one surety of same amount.
Court has directed that accused(Umar Khalid and Anirban) shall not leave Delhi without permission of court during interim bail period.
The court observed that both were highly educated and their credentials and family background had not been contested by the state.
JNU teachers have welcome the verdict renewing their demand to conduct a thorough and impartial probe.
Ajay Patnaik of the JNU Teachers’ Association said, “Police must spell out specific charges against the students. The action by university has been quite disproportionate. The university administration has bungled up even on Kanhaiya Kumar.”
During the hearing on Thursday, as reported by ANI news, the Delhi Police counsel opposed the bail plea of the duo stating that not only did they depend on the video footage but also relied on the statements of 10 independent witnesses.
However, the counsel of the two JNU students quoted the Delhi government’s report, which suggested that the video was tampered with.
The JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on sedition charges was released on interim bail for six months on a surety of Rs 10,000 personal bond.