JNU students Umar, Anirban granted six-month interim bail

Friday, Mar 18, 2016,16:42 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case almost a month ago, were today granted interim bail for six months by a Delhi court. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh granted the relief to the two accused on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 25,000 each with one surety of the like amount. I am granting them interim bail for six months, the judge said, adding that the duo will not leave the country without its prior permission.

Umar and Anirban, who are lodged in jail since February 23, had sought bail on the ground of parity with JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, saying he has already been granted bail and the incident did not attract charges of sedition. The two had surrendered to the police on the intervening night of February 23-24. Kanhaiya was granted interim bail for six months by a Delhi High Court on March 2.