JNU sedition case: Arvind Kejriwal says chargesheet just before Lok Sabha polls raises several questions

Arvind Kejriwal said the police took three years to file in a court the chargesheet in connection with the sedition case against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others.

Press Trust of India February 07, 2019 17:10:22 IST
JNU sedition case: Arvind Kejriwal says chargesheet just before Lok Sabha polls raises several questions
  • Kejriwal said the chargesheet needs to be "legally studied" by the AAP government.

  • On Wednesday, the court asked the Delhi government to expedite the process of granting requisite sanction for prosecution

  • According to the chargesheet, Kumar was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday said the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in the JNU sedition case right before the Lok Sabha elections raises several questions and it needs to be "legally studied" by the AAP government.

Kejriwal said the police took three years to file in a court the chargesheet in connection with the sedition case against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others.

JNU sedition case Arvind Kejriwal says chargesheet just before Lok Sabha polls raises several questions

File photo of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Reuters

Last month, the court had questioned the police for filing the chargesheet involving Kanhaiya and others without procuring the required sanction from authorities. On Wednesday, the court asked the Delhi government to expedite the process of granting requisite sanction for prosecution in the case.

"The government is currently studying the chargesheet. It took Delhi Police three years to file a chargesheet...The police filed it without the government's nod, and also right before the elections, which raises several questions. There is a need to legally study it (the chargesheet)," Kejriwal told reporters when asked about his government's stance on the issue.

According to the chargesheet, Kumar was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus during an event on 9 February, 2016.

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 permission, following a complaint from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which had termed it "anti-national".

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