JNU sedition case: AAP govt, Delhi Police engage in blame game over chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, nine others

The AAP government and the Delhi Police engaged in a blame game on Saturday after a court questioned the department for filing a chargesheet in the sedition case against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others without procuring the required sanction from authorities.

Press Trust of India January 19, 2019 20:09:50 IST
JNU sedition case: AAP govt, Delhi Police engage in blame game over chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, nine others
  • The Delhi Police the police filed the chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar and others on 14 January.

New Delhi: The AAP government and the Delhi Police engaged in a blame game on Saturday after a court questioned the department for filing a chargesheet in the sedition case against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others without procuring the required sanction from authorities.

An AAP government spokesperson said no file seeking any prosecution sanction in any JNU-related case had so far been brought to the notice of any Delhi minister. "If the Delhi Police are making any such claim, it is a complete lie and they are hiding something," he said.

However, a senior Delhi Police official said prosecution sanction is required at the stage of taking cognisance. He said that while filing the chargesheet, the investigating officer had mentioned that he has applied for sanction from the Delhi government.

JNU sedition case AAP govt Delhi Police engage in blame game over chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar nine others

File photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. Reuters

"It was applied for on the same day," the spokesperson said.

Sources said the file for sanction was received by the home department and forwarded to the law department for necessary action.

Earlier on Saturday, a Delhi court questioned the police for filing a chargesheet against Kanhaiya and others in the sedition case without procuring the required sanction. "Why did you file (the chargesheet) without approval? You don't have a legal department," the court said.

On 14 January, the police filed the chargesheet against Kanhaiya and others, saying he had led a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus during an event on 9 February, 2016.

They previously claimed before the court that Kanhaiya had raised anti-India slogans "to incite hatred and disaffection towards the government".

The police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during the event to mark the hanging of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

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

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

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