Seven Muslim men granted bail in JNU sedition case

NEW DELHI — A Delhi Court on Monday granted bail to seven accused in the 2016 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case.

The court granted bail to Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo, Muneeb Hussain Gattoo, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Khalid Bashir Bhat and Basharat Ali on personal bond of Rs 25,000. They were not arrested in the matter earlier.

Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were already given bail by the court in the matter.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma directed irected the police to provide all accused with copies of the charge sheet filed against them in the 2016 sedition case.

Kumar, Umar Khalid (who is already in custody in Delhi violence case), Anirban and seven others were present in court in pursuance to summons issued by the court after taking cognisance of the charge sheet.

During the hearing on Monday, Kumar and another accused Sushil Bajaj also sought exemption from physical appearance, the court declined the request and said it will consider it on each date and not in advance.

The court slated the matter for April 7 for scrutiny of documents. All the accused were produced before the court.

Last month, the court had taken cognizance of a charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in 2016 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case, in which Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and eight others are the accused.

On Monday, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma took cognisance of the offences – 124A (sedition), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (forgery), 471 (using forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149 (member of unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

(With inputs from  IANS)

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