JNU Sedition Row: Court Pulls Up The Police, Chargesheet Remains Unaccepted

The Logical Indian Crew Delhi

January 19th, 2019 / 1:15 PM

JNU Sedition Chargesheet Kanhaiya

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On January 14, Monday, the Delhi police had named former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, student activists Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya along with seven others in the 1,200-page chargesheet for allegedly raising “anti-national slogans” during an event that took place in JNU campus on February 9, 2016, reports The Indian Express. Days after that on January 19, a Delhi lower court pulled up the police over the filing of chargesheet filing in an almost three-year-old case without procuring requisite sanctions. 

“You don’t have approval from the legal department. Why did you file the charge sheet without approval?” a Delhi court asked the police, as reported by The Quint. The police further told the court that they will get a sanction approval in the next 10 days.


The chargesheet

The others who have been named in the Chargesheet are Kashmiri residents – Aquib HussainMujeeb HussainMuneeb HussainUmar GulRayees RasoolBasharat Ali and Khalid Bashir Bhat. 

The accused have been charged under Indian Penal Code(IPC) Section 124 A(sedition), 323(voluntarily causing hurt), 465(forgery), 471(using as genuine, forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149(unlawful assembly with common object), 147(rioting) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

The timing of the Chargesheet

After the chargesheet was filed, Kanhaiya Kumar, raised questions on the timing of the ChargesheetHe claimed that the chargesheet has been filed just before the Lok Sabha elections, indicating that it is politically motivated. 

“If the news is true that a charge sheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi ji. The filing of chargesheet after three years, ahead of elections clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country,” said Kumar while talking to the ANI.

 

A little background

In 2016, after a massive uproar over the JNU issue, the Delhi police had arrested Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya for allegedly raising “anti-national” slogans during the JNU event. Later, all three were released on bail. The case was first registered at Vasant Kunj (north) police station on February 11, 2016, under IPC Section 124-A (sedition), it was later transferred to the Delhi Police special cell. The event titled “The Country Without a Post Office”, had been organised to “stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self-determination” and, among other things, to protest the judicial killing of Afzal Guru, who was hanged in 2013 after being convicted in the attack on Parliament in 2001. The event was organised on the Afzal’s third death anniversary.

The event was opposed by right-wing student party ABVP.

Also Read: Two And A Half Years On, Delhi Police Yet To File A Charge Sheet In JNU Sedition Case


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