"Modi Govt & ABVP bullying an institution like JNU simply because it won't toe their line is completely condemnable,” the Congress Vice President tweeted.

"While Anti-India sentiment is unquestionably unacceptable, the right to dissent & debate is an essential ingredient of democracy", he added.

Gandhi's remarks came within hours of the arrest of JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case over an event at the varsity campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, sparking massive outrage among students and criticism from non-BJP parties which dubbed it as an "emergency-like" situation.

Kumar was arrested today and later remanded to three-day police custody by a local court, a day after police filed a sedition and criminal conspiracy case against him on complaints from BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP members.

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