JNU sedition case: Delhi Police files against Kanhaiya Kumar, others

Kanhaiya Kumar
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi, Jan 14: Delhi Police on Monday filed a 1200-page chargesheet against former JNU Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar, Former students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, student leaders Syed Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and others in the sedition case after some students allegdly raised “anti-national slogans” in February 2016..

The chargesheet has been filed under IPC section 124A (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), & 120B (criminal conspiracy).

The Patiala House Court will consider the charge sheet on Tuesday (January 15).

Apart from Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya, Umar Gul , Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Rayeea Rasool, Bashir Bhat have been named by the police.

Delhi Police statement on 2016 JNU sedition case

While 36 others, including Shehla Rashid and DMK leader D Raja’s daughter Aparajita Raja , have also been named for being present at the event, the police have not “found any sufficient and incrimanting evidence” against them.

Khalid, Kumar and Bhattacharya – were arrested in 2016 for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans and voicing protests against the hanging of Afzal Guru, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack, inside the university campus. But later they were released on bail.

The cops have listed around 90 people, which include JNU staff and security personnel, as witnesses in the case.

CCTV and mobile footage are also a part of chargesheet.

Reacting to the development, Kanhaiya Kumar questioned the timing of Delhi Police, attributing “political motive” of the “failed” Modi government to the police action.

“I have not received any summons or information from the court. But if it is true, then we are thankful to the police and Modi that finally after 3 years, when it is time is for him and his government to go, the chargesheet has been filed. But what is pertinent is the timing of the charge-sheet — just ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“It is evident that there is a political motive behind this. The motive is that the Modi government has been a failure in all aspects, it has not been able to fulfil even a single promise, so it is playing all its cards to divert the attention,” he told the media.


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