New Delhi, Mar 3: The Delhi High Court which granted conditional bail of six months to JNU student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar yesterday (JNU row: Kanahaiya Kumar gets 6 months interim bail) had plenty of observations in an order that ran into around 27 pages.
The remarks or observations made by Justice Prathibha Rani who heard the bail plea are extremely interesting in nature. Observations such as, " you can sit in the comfort of JNU because there are soldiers defending the country in tough conditions are part of this order.
A lesson on Patriotism:
"Our forces are protecting our frontiers in the most difficult terrain in the world i.e. Siachen Glacier or Rann of Kutch."
Even the oxygen is so scarce (there) that those who are shouting anti-national slogans holding posters of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt close to their chest honoring their martyrdom, may not be even able to withstand those conditions for an hour..."
The kind of slogans raised may have demoralizing effect on the family of those martyrs who returned home in coffin draped in Tricolour.
Such persons enjoyed the freedom to raise anti-India slogans in the comfort of JNU Campus without realising that they were in this safe environment because "our forces were there at the battle field situated at the highest altitude of the world.
You are enjoying this freedom only because our borders are guarded by our armed and paramilitary forces."
On Fundamental rights:
You (Kanhaiya) may have any political affiliation or ideology. You have every right to pursue that but it can be only within the framework of our Constitution.
India is a living example of unity in diversity. Freedom of expression enjoyed by every citizen can be subjected to reasonable restrictions under Article 19(2) of our Constitution.
The feelings or the protest reflected in the slogans needs introspection by the student community whose photographs are available on record holding posters carrying photographs of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt.
Freedom of speech guaranteed to the citizens of this country under the Constitution of India has enough room for every citizen to follow his own ideology or political affiliation within the framework of our Constitution.