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19 February 2016

The Supreme Court today transferred to the Delhi high court JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar's petition seeking bail and security.

An apex court bench of Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, while transferring Kanhaiya's petition, asked the high court to hear it expeditiously.

The court also recorded the statement of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar that the lawyers representing Kanhaiya Kumar before the high court and media personnel be provided with full security.

The court directed its secretary general to forthwith transfer Kanhaiya's writ petition and related papers to the high court.

Kanhaiya Kumar's lawyers are likely to mention it for an early hearing before the high court on Friday afternoon.

Not impossible that Delhi HC cannot hear the matter; SC not an appropriate forum and case is not at a right stage to hear the bail: SC

tweeted @CNN-IBN.

Senior counsel Soli Sorabjee, Raju Ramachandran, and advocate Vrinda Grover are all acting for Kumar. Read the petition here.

22 June 2015

A Delhi court today dismissed the bail application of Delhi's former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar in the fake degree case, saying that allegations against him were serious in nature as he is a legislator.

Dismissing the plea, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Tarun Yogesh extended his judicial custody till July 6.

Tomar has sought bail on the ground that he has to attend Delhi's assembly sessions commencing from Tuesday.

The court, while refusing bail to Tomar, said it considered "the gravity of allegation against him as a public representative being an elected MLA, who is accused for using alleged false document for getting enrolled as an advocate".

Delhi Police opposed the bail plea, with Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava contending that he is an influential person and might tamper with the evidence in the case if he will released.

Tomar's counsel and senior advocate Ramesh Gupta however said that the case is based on documentary evidence, and hence there is no possibility of influencing witnesses as well as investigation.

He contended that Tomar has become victim of tussle between the central and state governments.

The magistrate observed that as a general citizen, he observed that how the legislators using fake documents can fool the common people and opined that Supreme Court was right in introducing none of the above (NOTA) option in the voting system.

Tomar was in police custody for the past 12 days after he was arrested on June 9. Police have slapped a case of cheating, forgery and conspiracy against him. Sent to a day's judicial custody on Sunday, he was presented before court after its expiry.