A file picture taken on Feb. 17, 2016 shows Indian student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar (C) being escorted by police into Patiala Court for a hearing in New Delhi on Feb. 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA /FILES
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An Indian court granted bail Wednesday to a student arrested for alleged sedition in a case that led to mass protests and accusations the government is trying to stifle free speech.The Delhi High Court granted the student six months bail on a surety of 10,000 rupees ($150), defense lawyer Vrinda Grover said.Kumar's last appearance in court last month led to chaotic scenes as lawyers and supporters of the ruling party assaulted students and journalists.Some commentators and legal experts fault the government for exploiting the sedition law to silence its opponents, arguing it should instead have left college officials to manage what they say was no more than an exuberant student debate.
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