JNU sedition case: Delhi HC refuses to direct AAP govt to grant sanction for prosecution of former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

  • Delhi High Court refused to direct AAP government to grant sanction for prosecution of former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in sedition case

  • Court, while disposing of petition, said it appeared that petitioner, former BJP MLA Nand Kishor Garg, has some personal interest in FIR

  • Police had filed charge sheet in court against Kumar and other former JNU students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, saying they were leading procession, supported seditious slogans raised in campus during an 9 February 2016 event

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to direct the AAP government to grant sanction for prosecution of former JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case.

 JNU sedition case: Delhi HC refuses to direct AAP govt to grant sanction for prosecution of former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar

File image of the Delhi High Court. PTI

A bench of chief justice DN Patel and justice C Hari Shankar said it cannot pass any direction in this regard and it is for the Delhi government to decide as per existing rules, policy, law, and facts of that case on whether to grant approval for prosecution.

The court, while disposing of the petition, said it appeared that the petitioner, former BJP MLA Nand Kishor Garg, has some personal interest in the FIR. The plea has sought issuance of guidelines "for expeditious disposal of criminal cases of serious nature where there is involvement of the influential persons as accused".

On this, the court said it sees no reason to direct the government for such guidelines over and above the existing law. It said there is an adequate number of judgments rendered by the various courts on this.

The petition, filed through advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi, alleged that Kumar's case highlights the lackadaisical approach of the government as it has "failed" to grant the sanction letter which is required prior to taking cognisance of the charge sheet.

The police, on 14 January, 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 in the university campus during an event on 9 February 2016.

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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2019 14:13:11 IST