JNU sedition case: Court asks Delhi govt to decide within one month on sanction to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar, others

  • A Delhi court has asked the Delhi government to decide within one month on the sanctions to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a sedition case

  • Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Khurana said the delay in taking a decision on the sanctions has caused a wastage of judicial time

  • The court passed the directions after the Delhi Police informed the court that the file regarding sanction is pending with the Home Department

New Delhi: A Delhi court has asked the Delhi government to decide within one month on the sanctions to prosecute former Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a sedition case.

 JNU sedition case: Court asks Delhi govt to decide within one month on sanction to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar, others

File image of former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Khurana said the delay in taking a decision on the matter has caused wastage of judicial time as the case had been listed and adjourned repeatedly since the filing of the charge sheet.

The court passed the directions after the Delhi Police informed the court that the file regarding sanction is pending with the Home Department.

"The time which is being taken to finalise the issue of sanction or otherwise has caused wasted of judicial time as the case had been listed and adjourned repeatedly since the filing of the charge sheet. It is expected of the Delhi government that the decision regarding the sanction or otherwise would be taken within one month so that further processing in the present case may be done," the court said.

The court then posted the matter for 25 October, by when the reports have to be filed.

On 14 January, the police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, including former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, saying they were leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the campus during an event on 9 February, 2016.

The court had earlier directed the police to ask authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to secure the sanction needed to prosecute Kumar and others accused in the case.

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Updated Date: Sep 18, 2019 17:45:52 IST