JNU Sedition Case: Court raps Delhi police for filing chargesheet without approval

Kanhaiya Kumar
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi, Jan 19: The Court on Saturday slammed Delhi Police for filing a chargesheet against former JNU Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the sedition case without seeking approval from the legal department. 

‘You don’t have approval from legal department, why did you file chargesheet without approval?, the Court asked the Police.

Responding to this, the Police said “will get sanction approval in 10 days”.

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.

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.


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