A Delhi Court will pronounce order on Friday on the bail plea of Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, both of whom have been in jail on charges of raising anti-national slogans on the campus on 9 February.
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.
They also maintained that citizens had the right to criticise the government and the same could not be termed as sedition.
Earlier, a high-level internal committee of the JNU had found 21 students guilty of holding a controversial event on the campus last month, leading to the arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others.
The committee, in its unanimous report submitted to Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, has reportedly blamed the students for violating university norms and rules by organising an event in the memory of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru