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The Kerala High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to two accused in the death of Jishnu Pranoy, a first year student of Nehru College of Engineering & Research Centre in Thrissur district.

Jishnu, who was also a leader of the Students' Federation of India (SFI), had committed suicide on January 6 after an invigilator accused him of cheating in an exam and also threatened to bar him from taking other examinations.

One of the accused who has been granted anticipatory bail is NK Sakthivel, who is the vice principal of Nehru College of Engineering and was arrested by a special investigation team (SIT) with the help of Tamil Nadu Police in Coimbatore on Sunday.

The Kerala HC also criticised the police for having arrested the accused while his anticipatory bail plea was to be disposed a few days later. The plea was opposed by the special prosecutor, who also submitted that there was no legal hindrance in arresting the accused.

The court instructed the petitioner to not enter the premises of Nehru College and also asked him to execute a bond of Rs 50,000 and two solvent sureties for the like sum. The HC also ruled that Sakthivel shall not interfere in the matters of the college. The case will be considered on Tuesday.