NEW DELHI: Kanhaiya Kumar, President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) was granted six months interim bail by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
Kumar was arrested on charges of sedition on February 12, protest by students were witnessed in the national capital during this period of 19 days.
In order to welcome the decision a “Victory March” was held on the JNU campus from Sabarmati Dhaba to administration block.
The JNU administration also welcomed the decision hoping normalcy on campus soon.
"We are delighted to hear the news. Let the law of land prevail. It is good news for the students as well as for the university. We hope normalcy will return on campus soon," JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said.
The students have been agitating demanding Kanhaiya's release alleging he has been "framed" for raising his voice and being "branded" as a terrorist.
“This is a moment of joy and rejoice, now our fight will be more firm for Umar and Anirban with Kanhaiyya joining us. We were expecting this as there was no evidence against him, what remains to be seen is the way the other two students are treated” said Aman a Linguistics student at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The decision comes a day before the administration is expected to submit its internal probe committee report.
“JNU Student Union welcomes the interim bail granted to Comrade Kanhaiyya, and calls for a Victory March on campus. We hope that Comrade Kanhaiyya will be back on campus by tomorrow and will address the students” said JNSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora.
Kanhaiya, is among the eight students who were academically debarred by the university on the basis of a preliminary enquiry report from the varsity's high-level committee.
Five others - Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Anirban Bhattacharya had gone in hiding since Kanhaiya's arrest fearing "mob-lynching".
They resurfaced back on campus 10 days later. While Umar and Anirban surrendered before the police, the remaining three refused to do so but maintained that they are open to questioning by police as and when needed.