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Court dismisses Delhi Police’s plea seeking Umar, Anirban’s voice samples


This photograph taken late on February 23, 2016 shows Indian student activist Umar Khalid (C) and Anirban Bhattacharya (L) walking through the campus of New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on their way to surrendering to Indian authorities. Khalid and Bhattacharya are accused of sedition over a rally at which anti-India slogans were shouted. Students have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing nationalist government of misusing the British-era sedition law to stifle dissent. AFP PHOTO

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Thursday dismissed city police’s plea seeking voice samples of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are facing sedition charges.

The court dismissed Delhi Police’s petition after Khalid and Anirban’s counsel submitted that his clients aren’t willing to give voice samples.

The court had yesterday sent the duo to three-day police custody, even though the police had asked for a seven-day custody.

Umar and Anirban had earlier moved the High Court seeking protection in order to surrender but the court, while directing the students to surrender, adjourned the hearing for protection till Wednesday.

Refusing to grant interim protection against arrest for a day, the Delhi High Court had asked Umar and Anirban to inform it about the date, time and place where they wish to surrender.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar is already behind bars in Tihar Jail, again for sedition.