The Delhi high court on Tuesday refused to grant interim protection from arrest to two accused JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and asked them to surrender.
Delhi High Court on Wednesday hear the plea of two JNU students, accused in a sedition case along with Kanhaiya Kumar, seeking protection during their surrender to the police.
However, the high court refrained from giving any specific direction on granting any interim protection from their arrest, with Justice Pratibha Rani saying “let the matter be heard tomorrow.”
At this point, advocate Kamini Jaiswal, appearing for the two students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — sought protection from their arrest till tomorrow but the judge said,
“I am simply re-notifying the matter for tomorrow. We are not disposing of the petition. Let it be heard tomorrow.” While refusing to grant protection from arrest, the court asked both petitioners to secretly give details of the date, place and time where they will surrender, to the court and senior police officials will ensure their safety.
DCP (South) Prem Nath, however, did not agree to the place the petitioners wished to surrender, saying he has some inputs due to which the place mentioned by the accused was not accessible to police.
At this, the judge called the DCP and the accused’s counsel Trideep Pias to come to her chamber and give reasons for the objection.
After nearly 10 minutes of in-chamber discussion, the judge posted the matter for tomorrow for further consideration.