Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the two JNU students arrested with charges of alleged sedition sloganeering, have got their police custody extended for two more days, by a Delhi court today. The duo was earlier sent to three days’ police remand on February 24, after their midnight surrender and subsequent arrest in the case.
Also earlier the Delhi High Court had ordered that “confidentiality” be maintained during the remand proceedings of Umar and Anirban, besides Kanhaiya Kumar, while directing the police to ensure that no one “suffers even a scratch” and there is no ruckus this time.
The high court order had come in the backdrop of Kumar’s bail plea after it was informed that the student leader and Umar and Anirban were apprehending threat to their safety and security during production before Patiala House courts for remand proceedings.
On Feb 17th, a group of lawyers had allegedly assaulted Kanhaiya when he was brought to Patiala House Court for remand proceedings, in defiance of a Supreme Court order. Two days earlier, when Kumar was to be brought to the court, the same set of lawyers had thrashed journalists and JNU students and teachers.