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HC to hear petitions seeking cancellation of Kanhaiya's bail on March 23

The Delhi High Court (HC) will hear the plea seeking the cancellation of the interim bail granted to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on March 23.

When the judge fixed the hearing on next date, advocate RP Luthra, who appeared for petitioner Prashant Kumar Umrao, asserted that the matter be heard on March 21, saying due to the speeches given by Kanhaiya after his release on interim bail, "the damage is being multiplied."

The matter came up for hearing before Justice Pratibha Rani on Wednesday, who referred it to the Chief Justice for allocating it before an appropriate bench, after Luthra had objected to the warning that petitioners might have to bear the cost on dismissal of their pleas.

Umrao's plea alleged that Kanhaiya had "deliberately and willfully filed a false affidavit" before the court while securing the interim bail.

Another petitioner, Vineet Jindal also sought cancellation of Kanhaiya's bail on the basis that his speech subsequent to his release was "anti-national" and hence he violated the bail conditions.

On March 2, Kanhaiya was granted 6 months interim bail. He is facing sedition charge in connection with an event at JNU on February 9 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised and parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hailed as a 'martyr.'