JNU Row: Kanhaiya Kumar Moves SC For Bail

18/02/2016 3:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar (C) is escorted by police into Patiala Court for a hearing in New Delhi on February 17, 2016. Student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar had been arrested for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans at a rally called to protest against a Kashmiri separatist's execution three years ago -- a charge he denies. His arrest has reignited a row over freedom of expression in India, where some rights campaigners say the Hindu nationalist government is using the British-era sedition law to clamp down on dissent. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP / Chandan Khanna (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charges, today moved the Supreme Court for bail which it will hear tomorrow.

His bail petition was mentioned before a bench of justices J Chelameswar and A M Sapre by senior advocate Soli J Sorabjee and Raju Ramachandran who wanted it to be heard today itself.

However, when the bench suggested that they would consider it tomorrow, they agreed.

Kumar said in his petition that there was no need for his custodial interrogation as he has already been sent to judicial custody.

In the petition, filed through advocate Anindita Pujari, the accused claimed his innocence and said no purpose would be served by keeping him in the jail as the police have been finding it difficult to produce him even in the court.

Kumar has submitted that there is a threat to his life and there was a need for the apex court to intervene for safeguarding his life.

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