Kanhaiya Kumar With 9 Others Will Face Trial In JNU Sedition Case

by Shatakshi Gupta

A Delhi court has summoned ten people including Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of JNU Students’ Union, on 15 March in a sedition case. A year ago, the Delhi Police got the permission to file a charge sheet in 2016 sloganeering case of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Police in its charge sheet claimed that Kanhaiya Kumar led the contentious march and 9 other people shouted slogans on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on 9 February 2016.

CJM of Patiala House, Dr. Pankaj Sharma Court said that the sanction to prosecute the accused was given by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Delhi in the month of February last year. After which all these accused persons have been summoned and asked to appear in the case on 15 March 2021 by the investigating officer. Besides Kanhaiya, the charge sheet includes the names of Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Aaqib Hussain, Mujib Hussain Gattu, Munib Hussain Gattu, Umar Gul, Rais Rasool, Basharat Ali, Khalid Basheer Bhatt.

Charges filed by Police

A charge sheet has been filed against all these people under sections 124A, 323, 465, 471, 143, 149, 147, 120B of the IPC. On 27 February 2020, the Kejriwal government allowed the Delhi Police to prosecute the JNU case. The Delhi government, in its order, said that after observing the charge sheet issued by the Delhi Police, it was found that these accused had committed an offence under sections 124A and 120B of the IPC. It is to be known that both these sections are related to treason and criminal conspiracy.

In a rally during the Delhi Assembly elections last year, Home Minister Amit Shah said that if BJP government comes in power then the prosecution will be approved against Kanhaiya Kumar, Omar Khalid and Sharjil Imam within an hour. At the same time, BJP had also alleged that Kejriwal government of Delhi is deliberately putting a hold on this matter.