New Delhi, Mar 2: The Delhi High Court today granted bail to JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar. Justice Prathibha Rani who heard the bail plea filed by Kumar granted interim bail for a period of six months.
The court also asked him to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 and cooperate with the investigation.
Kumar was arrested by the Delhi police on sedition charges. He was accused of raising anti national slogans at an event held at the JNU on February 9. The event was held to commemorate the death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
The court observed that Sometimes students who misinterpret freedom of speech need to be cured. Whenever some infection is spread in a limb, effort is made to cure it by giving antibiotics orally.
If the infection results in infecting the limb to the extent that it becomes gangrene, amputation is the only treatment. During the period spent by the petitioner in judicial custody, he might have introspected about the events that had taken place.
To enable him to remain in the mainstream, at present I am inclined to opt for the conservative method of treatment," the court observed.
Further Kumar was also told to furnish a gurantee that he shall not take part in any anti national activity. He has been directed to appear before the investigating officer when requires.
During the hearing the Delhi Police opposed the bail. However, the police also said that they not have video evidence which suggested that Kumar had anti national slogans.
The police, however, said that there were eye witness accounts who testified before them that anti national slogans had been raised.
The Delhi government which also made submissions said that there was no evidence and they were not opposing the bail plea.