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Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya Granted Bail

JNU students slapped with sedition charges: Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. Credit: PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. Credit: PTI Photo by Vijay Verma

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were charged with sedition along with five other students for an event held on campus on February 8 this year, were granted bail on Friday. The court noted that there was no reason not to grant them relief.

The three had been released from custody on interim bail in March.

“In view of the fact that these three accused are on interim bail and have have joined the investigation as and when called, I admit all these accused persons i.e. Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid to regular bail on the same terms and conditions on which they were granted interim bail,” judge Reetesh Singh ruled.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Police told the court the students did not misuse interim bail conditions and cooperated with the probe in the case.

JNU students were charged with sedition after “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised at an event discussing Afzal Guru’s hanging.

The sedition charges against JNU students had created widespread outrage earlier this year, with experts challenging the use of the law.

(with PTI inputs)