Ending 20 days of detention, the Delhi high court on Wednesday granted a six-month conditional bail to JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is accused of sedition, while strongly warning him to desist from “any active or passive“ anti-national activity .
The interim bail means Kanhaiya will have to seek bail afresh after six months, when the court will review his behaviour and take fresh evidence, if any , into account before taking a call on his freedom. He was released on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount.
Pronouncing on the bail plea, Justice Pratibha Rani ruled that Kanhaiya “can be required to furnish an undertaking to the effect that he will not participate actively or passively in any activity that can be termed anti-national.Apart from that, as president of JNU students’ union, he will make all efforts within his power to control anti-national activities on the campus,“ Justice Pratibha Rani directed in her order. The judge hoped Kanhaiya had time to “in trospect“ about the events in JNU during his stay in Tihar. It also entrusted the per son standing surety for him a relative or a JNU professor with the duty of ensuring that Kanhaiya’s “thoughts and energy are channelised n a constructive manner“.
Justice Rani slammed the students who had raised anti-national slogans and staged protest on campus by carrying photographs and posters of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, the mastermind of an aircraft hijack to Lahore in 1971, who was hanged n 1984. Coming down hard on the organizers and rticipants of the February 09 event in JNU, participants of the February 09 event in JNU, he HC said, “The thoughts reflected in slogans raised by some of the students cannot be claimed to be protected as fundamental right to speech and expression.“
The court viewed such activity on a university campus as a “kind of infection from which such students are suffering which needs to be controlledcured before it becomes an epidem c“.
It expressed grave reservations over the slogans raised on the campus hailing the two terrorists as martyrs.