JNU row: Umar Khalid, Bhattacharya get 6 months bail

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New Delhi, Mar 18: The Patiala House court has granted conditional bail for six months to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya who were accused of sedition in connection with the JNU row. The court which had reserved its verdict after hearing at length both the prosecution and the defence pronounced the order today.

The bail was granted subject to certain conditions. The court granted the bail for a period of six months and asked the accused to furnish surety and a bail bond. The duo have also been told to cooperate with the investigations.


Khalid and Bhattacharya were arrested in connection with the JNU row. Both were accused of sedition after an event in which they participated to celebrate the martyrdom of Afzal Guru witnessed anti national sloganeering. The duo were accused of indulging in anti national sloganeering.

During the course of the hearing the defence counsel argued that the videos being relied upon by the police were doctored and hence cannot be used as evidence. Further it was stated that citizens who criticise the government cannot be charged under sedition.

The Delhi police however opposed the bail stating that if they were let out investigations would be hampered. The probe is at a crucial stage and hence they could not be granted bail, the Delhi police also argued.

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