JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar gets bail and a warning from court
Umar and another JNU student Anirban Bhattacharya had surrendered before police on the night of February 24 and they were subsequently arrested in connection on sedition charge.
JNU students' union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar received an upbeat welcome on campus on Thursday, March 3, after his release from Tihar jail. "We have full faith in the judiciary and the Constitution".
Responding to another query, he said (Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Prakash) Karat and (Sitaram) Yechury were not the only Jawaharlal Nehru University students in Indian politics.
"I come from a village. I want to become a teacher in future, so it is my responsibility to answer all questions".
Hailing Kanhaiya's speech, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said there should be more and more "Kanhaiya Kumars" in our country "so that people could live and sleep fearlessly as he is the true nationalist and not anti-national as BJP has branded him".
Wednesday's bail order sparked wild celebrations in the JNU by students, particularly those from leftist groups. "What about the millions of farmers who are committing suicide, who are also the fathers of those (soldiers) at the borders...what do you have to say about those farmers?"
"Afzal Guru is not my icon, Rohith Vemula is", said JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday, while asserting that there is huge difference between treason and being anti-government. We believe in the law and the constitution. The way the campus is facing the ire of the nation because of a conspiracy, we want to tell the nation that JNU is the voice of the nation. "We don't want freedom from India, my brothers, we want freedom in India", Kanhaiya said and added, "Freedom from hunger, freedom from corruption, freedom from RSS, freedom from caste - we will take our freedoms". "Students of JNU are patriotic not anti-national", he said, assuring the "taxpayers of this country" that the JNU is a "custodian of democratic space in the country".
"Is seeking freedom from thorny issues confronting India a crime?", he asked.
A bench of Justice Pratibha Rani had said, Kanhaiya has to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and present himself before the investigators as and when required. "Bharat se nhi, Bharat ko lootne walon se Azaadi chaahte hain", he said.
Kumar made his fiery speech at the same place where he had addressed students just a day before his arrest.
"They must study and stay away from politics".