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LATEST UPDATE...JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar granted bail!

Kanhiya Kumar, President, JNUSU Source: YouTube

Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested under article 124A in February after a rally organised by a student group against the execution of Afzal Guru.

The Delhi high court set bail at Rs 10,000 for Kanhaiya Kumar, the 28-year-old President of the students' union at India''s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and ordered to be released from Tihar jail on a period of six months.

The faculty of JNU will pay the bail bond of Rs. 10,000.

Granting the bail Justice Pratibha Rani said - "Sometimes students who misinterpret freedom of speech need to be cured. Whenever some infection is spread in a limb, effort is made to cure it by giving antibiotics orally... if the infection results in infecting the limb to the extent that it becomes gangrene, amputation is the only treatment... To enable him to remain in the mainstream, at present I am inclined to opt for the conservative method of treatment."

The 9th February 2016 cultural rally and poetry recitation at JNU that prompted these arrests under IPC 124A was to mark the 2013 hanging of Afzal Guru Guru, convicted of plotting the 2001 attack on Indian parliament.

Kanhaiya Kumar has been asked by the Court to guarantee that he will not participate in any "anti-national activity" and help with investigations. 

Students, alumni, faculty members, and activists from India and abroad have condemned the charges against these students as an assault on freedom of expression.

Two other students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, still remain in custody under IPC 124A Sedition.