Kanhaiya in the dock again: Delhi HC to hear another sedition charge

A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking action against JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on a sedition charge for saying that the Indian Army is responsible for rapes of women in Kashmir.

Kanhaiya in the dock again: Delhi HC to hear another sedition charge

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Justice Pratibha Rani would hear the case on Tuesday afternoon. "Indian Army is an integral part of the nation and it cannot be alleged that the army is raping with women in Kashmir. This is a serious matter and a clear seditious act on the part of Kanhaiya Kumar," said advocate Sugriva Dubey.

"India is a free country but Kanhaiya Kumar and his associates called for a revolution and it was indicated that Kanhaiya is being backed by some Naxal group," the plea said.

"Kanhaiya has sought 'azadi' (freedom) for Kashmir, Nagaland and Assam, where the governments are elected and voted in by the people," said the plea, adding that he and his associates, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid, have said in their speeches that their fight for "azadi" would continue.

The plea sought the court's direction for investigation by the Intelligence Bureau into the issue. On 2 March, the Delhi High Court had granted interim bail to Kanhaiya Kumar, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union president who was booked on a sedition charge following accusations that he had engaged in anti-national sloganeering at a public meeting in February in the university campus.

While granting him bail for six months, Justice Pratibha Rani had warned him against participate actively or passively in any activity which may be termed anti-national.

But, following his release on 8 March, Kanhaiya reportedly said during a speech: "No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations. We will raise our voice against Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir, women are raped by security personnel."


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Updated Date: Mar 15, 2016 13:30:39 IST

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