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JNUSU Leader Kanhaiya’s Bail Plea: Supreme Court Refuses to Intervene

The Supreme Court, whose doors were knocked by hapless and badly bruised JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday, elicited no immediate relief and the apex court said it cannot hear the bail plea at this stage and instead directed Soli Sorabjee, the defence lawyer for Kumar to move the High Court of Delhi.

The Supreme Court said there is enough security for Kumar in Patiala Courts and that there is no need to be concerned about his safety, rebutting the bail plea filed under Article 32 of the Constitution, saying Kumar is undergoing ‘fear for the safety of life and limb’ at the Delhi sessions court. He was beaten up and jostled by lawyers outside and inside the Patiala Court on Wednesday and the Supreme Court was briefed about it by a special panel.

Meanwhile, students all over the country have been staging protests demanding release of JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar terming the arrest for sedition is far-fetched and unfounded.

The student agitation has so far spread to the states of Bihar where the left and socialist parties are visibly strong and in Telangana, where the University of Hyderabad came in open support for Kumar, after one its own student committed suicide due to harassment meted out by the administration over a row with BJP student wing ABVP.

In Bihar, students blocked trains and held a rail roko seeking the release of Kanhaiya while Ambedkar Univeristy students too supported him saying the government action was intended to punish the student leader who "was at the forefront of the "Occupy UGC" movement." Even, more than 400 academics from all over the world have extended their moral support to JNU teachers and students and called for revocation of sedition charges against the JNUSU President.

However, the case has apparently crossed the limits of a normal student case since the BJP government has been under pressure to defend its unilateral action, which it is hoping would become strong by collecting more evidence against the JNUSU leader, despite Kumar’s written statement to Delhi Police stating that he respects the Constitution and never raised the anti-national sologans.

On Thursday, thousands of JNU students held a massive rally on Delhi roads demanding the release of their leader and condemning the anti-student and vindictive nature of the government against the central University students. While the agitations are rocking the streets of Delhi, the Human Resources Ministry has convened the meeting of all vice chancellors and asked them to hoist national flag prominently in every campus. It has also asked them to implement 12 directives to instill nationalism among the students.

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