Kanhaiya Kumar is the president of Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union.
In February-March 2016, allegations were made against Kanhaiya Kumar for raising anti-nation slogans in the University premises. A case was booked and Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested. Subsequently, he was granted bail. On March 5, 2016 death threats were made against Kanhaiya Kumar and rewards were announced for shooting him, or cutting his tongue. The Communist Party of India wrote to the Union Home ministry for high-grade security cover to Kanhaiya Kumar.