JNU: Umar and Anirban behind the Feb 9 event, cops tell courts

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New Delhi, March 17: Delhi Police has told the court that Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were the organisers of the Feb 9 event that took place on the campus. However, JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was not behind it.

Opposing the bail plea of the duo, who are also facing sedition charges, the police said that their case was different from that of Kanhaiya's case.

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The two had sought bail citing parity with Kanhaiya's case who had already been granted six-months interim bail by the Delhi High Court on March 2 in a sedition case.

In this event, anti-national slogans were raised. It is also said that the controversial posters were designed by Anirban and approved by Khalid via mail. The posters also bore the name of the duo as event organisers. Police also said that the duo went to the university office with other students seeking permission for the event. While the permission was allowed initially, it was withdrawn once the posters surfaced. The two, nevertheless, went ahead with the event.

[Read: JNU row: Plea seeking cancellation of Kanaihya Kumar's bail adjourned]

Delhi Police also claimed that they had 10 witnesses, which also included university staff, that support the allegation against the accused.

Police said in their status report,"The larger conspiracy behind the seditious act of the accused is to be unearthed and exposed." They further said,"They argued that if the accused were granted bail at this stage, the very line of investigation would get adversely affected."

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