Delhi’s Patiala House Court adjourns JNU sedition case to Feb 28

Kanhaiya Kumar
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi, Feb 6: The Patiala House Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi Police to request the state government to expedite sanction to prosecute former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others in a sedition case.

The Court said Delhi Government cannot sit on file related to sanction.

Giving more time to Delhi police to get obtain the mandatory sanction, Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat adjourned the matter to February 28.

The court’s remarks came after the Police said that sanction to prosecute the accused was still awaited.

Earlier in the last hearing, the court pulled up the police asking why had it filed a charge-sheet in the sedition case without the sanction of the competent authority.

On January 14, the Police had filed a 1200-page chargesheet 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) and, 120B (criminal conspiracy).

Apart from Kanhaiya, Khalid and Bhattacharya, Umar Gul, Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Rayeea Rasool, Bashir Bhat have been named by the police in the sedition case after some students allegedly raised “anti-national slogans” in February 2016 against the hanging of Afzal Guru, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack, inside the university campus.

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. But later they were released on bail.


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