23/02/2016 5:01 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

JNU Row: Delhi Police Opposes Kanhaiya Kumar's Bail Plea

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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 -- Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi today made a U-turn from his earlier stand of not opposing JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar's bail plea in the High Court, saying it was due to "change in circumstances".

Bassi had earlier asserted that the police will not oppose Kanhaiya's bail, maintaining that a young man like him should be given another chance. However, the police chief today justified his backtracking saying, "The circumstances when I had said so, those have totally changed."

"If Kanhaiya comes out on bail, he is bound to impact the investigation and influence witnesses"

Bassi further said, Kanhaiya showed repentance on his part when he issued an appeal on the day he was produced before a court but later denied having issued any such appeal and made certain allegations which were "false".

"We have reasonable apprehension that if he (Kanhaiya) comes out on bail, he is bound to impact the investigation and influence witnesses. He is also likely to indulge in activities that are violative of penal laws.

"That is why we have opposed grant of bail to Kanhaiya and shall oppose it further too," Bassi added.

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