New Delhi: JNU administration today welcomed the Delhi High Court’s decision to grant bail to students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, as a “good news” for the varsity hoping that normalcy will return on campus soon.
“We are delighted to hear the news. Let the law of land prevail. It is a good news for the students as well as for the university. We hope normalcy will return on campus soon,” JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi told PTI.
Kanhaiya, was arrested on February 12 in a sedition case in connection with an event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
He was today granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court which said that he has to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and has to present himself before the investigators as and when required.
The students have been agitating demanding Kanhaiya’s release alleging he has been “framed” for raising his voice and being “branded” as a terrorist.
Kanhaiya, is also among the eight students who were academically debarred by the university on the basis of a preliminary enquiry report from the varsity’s high-level committee.
“The decision about further course of Kanhaiya in the university will be taken once the probe committee comes up with its report. But we are happy at least he will be free from jail, ” Zutshi said.
Five others – Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Anirban Bhattacharya had gone in hiding since Kanhaiya’s arrest fearing “mob-lynching”.
They resurfaced back on campus 10 days later. While Umar and Anirban surrendered before the police, the remaining three refused to do so but maintained that they are open to questioning by police as and when needed.
The five-member probe committee of the university is scheduled to submit its report tomorrow.