Delhi high court asks two accused JNU students to surrender
NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Tuesday refused to grant interim protection from arrest till Wednesday to two accused JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and asked them to surrender.
The high court made it clear that Omar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya will have to surrender and follow the due process of law.
The court, however, asked the two students to surrender at a place of their choice. However, this was opposed by the police.
Delhi police strongly objected to surrender at an undisclosed location and time as suggested by Omar Khalid's lawyer.
The court will on Wednesday continue hearing on their plea seeking security before they surrender in court.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Court agreed to hear a plea filed by the two JNU students seeking security before they surrender to police in a sedition case.
A bench of justices B D Ahmed and R K Gauba agreed to grant urgent hearing to the plea of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, which said that there is a threat to their lives and sought police protection while surrendering.
"Let the matter be listed today," the bench said.
Five JNU students, Khalid, Bhattacharya, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anant Prakash Narayan had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in the sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in a controversial event at the premises.