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Delhi court grants six months interim bail to Khalid, Anirban

JNU-Khalid-Bhattacharya The students were arrested after a controversial event held on the campus on February 9 to commemorate the death anniversary of Afzal Guru

A Delhi court on Friday granted six months interim bail to JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya who were arrested on sedition charges.

Both the students have been asked to furnish a bail bond of Rs 25,000 each.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh also asked both Khalid and Anirban not to leave Delhi without the court's permission.

Granting six month interim bail to them on parity with Kanhaiya Kumar, the court noted that there was no previous criminal record against them and "nothing has been brought on record which could indicate that they are likely to abscond from jurisdiction of the court".

"Although the allegations levelled against Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are per se serious in nature, but as claimed by police themselves, the video footage of the incident has been sent to the forensic science laboratory. Its analysis and final report will certainty take some time," the court said.

The students were arrested after a controversial event held on the campus on February 9 to commemorate the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged in 2013 after being convicted in the Parliament attack case. The event had sparked an outrage after reports that anti-India slogans were allegedly raised during the event.

Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, who was also arrested by the Delhi police, was earlier released on conditional bail.

(With inputs from agencies)

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