Plot to kill Kanhaiya Kumar: HC denies anticipatory bail to accused

New Delhi: A leader of UP Navnirman Sena, who is absconding in a case relating to conspiracy to kill JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, was on Wednesday denied anticipatory bail by the Delhi High Court.

Kanhaiya Kumar
Kanhaiya Kumar

Justice Pratibha Rani declined to grant relief to accused Amit Jani, saying his alleged role in the incident in which a loaded pistol and a letter threatening to kill Kanhaiya and Umar Khalid, who were arrested under sedition charges over a controversial JNU event, were recovered from a bag in a DTC bus and needs to be investigated by the police.

"No anticipatory bail at this stage. Arms were recovered from the bag and it needs to be investigated by the police," the court said.

The court was hearing the anticipatory bail filed by Jani, who claimed that he was falsely implicated by the police as he had not written any letter threatening to behead the two.

Jani, through his counsel Rajesh Sachdeva, submitted that he has no connection with the gun allegedly found in the bus. Delhi police counsel Amit Ahlawat opposed the plea saying the bag, in which the gun was kept, has four live cartridge and it was required to be probed.

The letter was duly undersigned by Jani, the police said, adding his arrest was necessary to find out the truth. The counsel for police also submitted that three persons have been arrested in the case and they have disclosed Jani's name, who had allegedly asked them to keep the bag in the bus.

On April 14, a pistol and a letter, purportedly written by Jani who had earlier threatened Kanhaiya over Facebook, were recovered from a bus operating between Kashmere Gate ISBT and the JNU campus. As per the prosecution, it was the driver of the bus who spotted an unclaimed bag and had raised an alarm. He had also registered a complaint with the police station concerned.

Following the complaint, the police has arrested Jani's brother, Saurabh Agarwal, and his associate, Sulabh Bharadwaj and Chanderbhan, for writing the letter and leaving the weapon and cartridges in the bus. The trio are presently in custody.

The police is still searching for Jani, who remains the prime suspect in the case lodged at Tilak Marg police station. Kanhaiya, who is on bail, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in February in a sedition case over an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

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