A court in Delhi questioned the Delhi police today for filing a charge sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case without procuring requisite sanctions.
"Why did you file (the charge sheet) without approval? You don't have a legal department," the court said. Police on January 14 filed the charge sheet at a city court against Kanhaiya Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the varsity campus during an event in February 2016.
Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during the event held on February 9, 2016, to mark the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru.
Earlier, they had claimed before the Delhi court that Kanhaiya Kumar had raised anti-India slogans in 2016 "to incite hatred and disaffection towards the government".Police cited statements of various witnesses in its charge sheet to state that Kanhaiya Kumar was walking along with the protesters where a number of unidentified persons were raising slogans during the event.
On 36 others listed in column 2 of the charge sheet, including Ashutosh, Rama Naga, Banjyotsna, Shehla Rashid and Aparajitha Raja, police said that they were not seen raising anti-India slogans. A case was registered on February 11, 2016, under sections 124A and 120B of the IPC against unidentified persons at Vasant Kunj (North) police station, following complaints from BJP lawmaker Maheish Girri and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
The event had taken place despite the university administration canceling the permission, following a complaint from ABVP, which had termed it "anti-national".
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