Kanhaiya Kumar is the former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU). He was the first member of the AISF to be elected as the President of the JNUSU. He was arrested in 2016 because of the alleged anti-national slogans which were being shouted in an event in JNU; which Kanhaiya Kumar was addressing.He has always been a bright student. He scored well regularly and had stood first in the entrance exam of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for his PhD.He had an interest in theatre and took part in several plays and activities organized by the Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA); which is the oldest association of theatre artists in India.He completed his PhD in African Studies from JNU.On 9 February 2016, students of the JNU had organized an event on campus, and Kanhaiya Kumar was addressing the gathering. A video of the event surfaced on news channels; in which the students were protesting against the execution of terrorist Afzal Guru and shouting anti-national slogans.On 12 February 2016, Kanhaiya was arrested and charged with sedition of raising anti-India slogans in a student rally but was released later on bail as there was no evidence. The video which had surfaced on the News Channels was later found to be doctored and it was revealed that people who shouted the slogans were outsiders and not the students of JNU.Kanhaiyas childhood friend Shanawaz said, Kanhaiya is a very social person. His ability to connect with people is heartwarming and he is known for being very considerate. He is politically sound and his strength in all this is that he knows he has not done anything wrong.On 15 February 2016, Kanhaiya was beaten up by a group of lawyers in the Patiala House Court while Kanhaiya was being taken for his hearing by the police. Later a sting operation was done in which 3 lawyers accepted that it was a planned attack.After Kanhaiyas arrest, JNU students protested and demanded that Kanhaiya and the two students arrested with him should be released with all the charges dropped; as they had done nothing wrong and were being framed by politicians for political gain.After his arrest, his parents said: Kanhaiya can never disrespect his country by chanting anti-national slogans, forget country, he has never ever disrespected us in life. Kanhaiya Kumars Parents Being Interviewed After He Was Arrested.