Delhi court to hear 2016 sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar and others despite absence of govt sanction for prosecution

A Delhi court said it will go ahead with the hearing of the sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar, others even if the Delhi government doesn't give its sanction

Press Trust of India February 28, 2019 14:56:52 IST
Delhi court to hear 2016 sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar and others despite absence of govt sanction for prosecution
  • A Delhi court said it will go ahead with the hearing of the sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar, others

  • The hearing will be conducted despite the absence of Delhi government’s sanctions to prosecute them

  • The court listed the matter for further hearing on 11 March

New Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday said it will go ahead with the hearing of the 2016 sedition case against former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others even if the Delhi government doesn't give its sanction to prosecute them.

Delhi court to hear 2016 sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar and others despite absence of govt sanction for prosecution

File image of former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

The investigating officer told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat that the state government has not yet granted the required sanctions to the Delhi Police and has not given any reply either.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on 11 March.

In January, the Delhi Police slapped sedition charges against Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and others for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during an event organised on 9 February, 2016 to mark the of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

The event had taken place despite the university administration cancelling the permission following a complaint from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which had termed it "anti-national".

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