22/03/2016 6:13 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Kanhaiya Kumar Meets Rahul Gandhi, Thanks Him For Supporting JNU

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 20: JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar leaves after attending a Public Symposium, on March 20, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar had generated a huge controversy, with the opposition parties accusing the government of suppressing freedom of speech. (Photo by Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is out on bail in a sedition case, on Tuesday met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Kanhaiya, accompanied by a delegation of JNU students and members of All India Students Federation (AISF), met the Congress Vice President at his residence in Tughlaq lane area here.

While Kanhaiya did not interact with the media after his an hour-long meeting, NSUI Chief Roji M John described it as a courtesy call to thank Gandhi for his support during the ongoing row at the university.

"A JNU delegation headed by Kanhaiya met Rahul Gandhi, it was a courtesy call. They thanked him for his continuous support ever since the issue started.

"Gandhi not only supported the students at JNU but also FTII and IIT Madras where students have been protesting against the way government is attacking institutions. We will continue this fight to protect autonomy of institutions," John told reporters.

Gandhi in his tweet merely said, "met a delegation of student leaders from AISF and JNUSU President".

The Congress leader had visited the JNU campus on February 13, a day after Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case over an event at the varsity against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

In a hard-hitting attack on Modi government over JNU student's arrest, Gandhi had virtually drawn parallel of it with the Nazi regime of Hitler, accusing NDA of "suppressing" students' voice and telling students "don't let those bullies push you around".

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