New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted interim bail to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, but with a warning.
The high court, which gave conditional relief to Kanhaiya, said he will "not participate actively or passively in any activity which may be termed as anti-national" and told him that as president of JNU students union, he "will make all efforts within his power to control anti-national activities in the campus".
Justice Pratibha Rani was critical of the slogans raised on February 9 on the JNU campus eulogising Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, the mastermind of hijacking of a passenger airline to Lahore in 1971 who was hanged in 1984.
"The feelings or the protest reflected in the slogans need introspection by the student community whose photographs are available on record holding posters, carrying photographs, of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat," the judge said while adding: “The thoughts reflected in the slogans raised by some of the students of JNU who organized and participated in that programme cannot be claimed to be protected as fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. I consider this as a kind of infection from which such students are suffering which needs to be controlled/cured before it becomes an epidemic.”
Read the full judgement by the Delhi HC here:
Celebrations erupted on the JNU campus on Wednesday after Kanhaiya Kumar was granted interim bail in the sedition case.