JNU sedition case : Court directs Delhi Police to give copies of charge sheet to Kanhaiya Kumar, others

Kanhaiya Kumar and others were accused of raising anti-India slogans
Kanhaiya Kumar
Former JNUSU President and CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar

A court here on Monday directed the Delhi Police to give copies of charge sheet to former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and 9 others in a 2016 sedition case.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Pankaj Sharma put up the matter for April 7 to scrutinise documents in the case and also granted bail to seven accused who were not arrested in the case earlier.

The seven accused include Aquib, Mujeeb, Umar Gul, Rayees Rasool, Basharat Ali, Khalid Basheer who were not arrested before filing of charge sheet.

They moved bail applications after which the court granted them bail on a personal bond of ₹25,000 and a surety of a like amount.

Mr. Kumar, Umar Khalid (who is already in custody in Delhi riots case), Anirban Bhattacharya and seven others were present in court in pursuance to summons issued by the court after taking cognisance of the charge sheet.

Mr. Kumar and others, including former JNU students Mr. Khalid and Mr. Bhattacharya, were accused of raising anti-India slogans.

The other seven accused charge sheeted in the case are Kashmiri students Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat, some of them were then studying in JNU, Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia.

The accused have been charged with offences under sections 124A (sedition), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 143 (punishment for being a member of an unlawful assembly), 149 (being a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

A case was registered on February 11, 2016 under sections 124A and 120B of the IPC against unidentified people at the Vasant Kunj (north) Police Station, following complaints from Bharatiya Janata Party MP Maheish Girri and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

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