Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were released from jail after being granted an interim bail by a Delhi Court, arrived at the varsity campus here today amid rousing welcome. Slogans of 'Aazadi' reverberated across varsity's sprawling campus once again as students gathered in large numbers to welcome the duo.
The Patiala House Court, which had reserved its order on their bail pleas on Wednesday, asked the duo to furnish a bail bond of Rs. 25, 000 each. The Court further directed the JNU students to not leave Delhi without its permission during the period of interim bail. It also directed them to make themselves available before the Investigating Officer when required for the purpose of investigation.
Earlier, a high-level internal committee of the JNU had found 21 students guilty of holding a controversial event on the campus last month, which had led to the custody of JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others. The committee has reportedly suggested that Kanhaiya, along with four other students, be rusticated from the varsity.
The committee, in its unanimous report submitted to Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, has accused the students of violating university norms and rules by organising an event in the memory of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.