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Supreme Court declines to hear Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea, ask him to approach lower court

SUPREME_COURTThe Supreme Court refused to internvene in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been arrested last week for sedition following a controversial event on Afzal Guru held on the university campus.

The apex court has told JNUSU president to approach the lower court.

Kanhaiya on Thursday moved the apex court for bail and release from custody under Article 32 of the Constitution, saying “fear for the safety of life and limb” at the Delhi sessions court had compelled him to approach it directly.

Kanhaiya’s bail petition was argued by former attorney general Soli Sorabjee. Under Article 32, a citizen can move the Supreme Court for enforcing his fundamental rights.

In his petition, Kanhaiya had said there was “repeated breakdown of law and order at the Patiala House court” despite the directives of the apex court, making it “impossible for him and his lawyers” to approach the session’s court for bail.

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