NEW DELHI: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on sedition charges, was on Wednesday taken to Tihar Jail after the Patiala House Court sent him to judicial custody till March 2.
He was till now inside the Patiala House Court for security reasons as the police was waiting for suitable conditions to take him away.
Kanhaiya was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Loveleen under heavy security cover as his two-day police custody ended on Wednesday.
Kanhaiya, however, told the Metropolitan Magistrate that he was “assaulted” by a mob on the court premises, following which the court directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) concerned to ensure his safety.
The Jail Superintendent has also been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that Kanhaiya is not harmed.
Earlier, the Supreme Court condemned the Monday’s attack on journalists in the Patiala House Court Complex, adding that the issue of security in the court premises has to be looked into. The apex court also directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure adequate security to Kanhaiya.
In an interim order on a petition relating to the JNU row, the court said, there will be restricted entry of people in the court room during the proceedings relating to the remand of.
The court said, only five journalists, five lawyers, two students and two faculty members of the university, along with one investigating officer besides two family members of the accused would be allowed in the court.
The court also directed the Delhi High Court Registrar General to be present in the Patiala House court complex for verification of people or group of people who have been allowed access to the court room and its compound.
Kanhaiya has been charged with sedition in connection with the February 9 event in the JNU campus during which anti-India slogans were raised.