HC defers hearing on Kanhaiya's bail plea to Feb 29
New Delhi: Delhi Police today told the Delhi High Court that further custodial interrogation of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar is required in the wake of the arrest of two other accused students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya in the sedition case.
As soon as the hearing on Kanhaiya's bail plea commenced before Justice Pratibha Rani, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta told the court that police have a statutory right to take custody of an accused for 15 days and due to new developments Kanhaiya's custodial remand is necessary.
"After yesterday's development, two of the accused have surrendered and are in safe custody. Their remand is yet to be taken. In the backdrop of the new development and as per our statutory right of 15 days police custody of an accused, we will be seeking remand of Kanhaiya Kumar to confront him with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya," Mehta submitted.
The ASG said, "Our right cannot be curtailed and the present bail petition be deferred."
However, during the hearing, when the court was informed about violence at Patiala House court complex during Kanhaiya's remand proceedings, the bench observed, "We have to ensure that no one suffers even a scratch this time. The Registrar of the Delhi High Court and the police should ensure that no ruckus, as happened in the past, should take place while the accused are being produced."
Then Mehta told the court to defer the bail petition in wake of the new development. The bench has now fixed February 29 for further hearing on the bail plea. PTI