Delhi Govt Grants Sanction To Prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar

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NEW DELHI – The Delhi gov­ernment on Friday granted sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute former JNUSU Presi­dent Kanhaiya Kumar and oth­ers in the 2016 sedition case.

“We have recieved the sanc­tion from the Delhi govern­ment to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and others in this case,” a senior police officer told IANS.

The Delhi Police Special Cell on February 19 wrote to the Del­hi Home Secretary requesting to “expedite” the process of grant of sanction in the JNU sedition case involving former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.

In a letter written by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Spe­cial Cell, Pramod Singh Kush­waha to the Deputy Secretary, Home, he said, “It is therefore requested to expedite the pro­cess to accord prosecution sanction under

Section 196 CrPC as required for offence under Chapter VI of the IPC i.e. Section 124A IPC.”

A Delhi court had asked the Delhi government to file a sta­tus report relating to the issue of pendency of sanction in the JNU sedition case to prosecute student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others.

Additional Chief Metropoli­tan Magistrate Purshottam Pathak has also directed Delhi Police to send a reminder to the government.

“A new government has been formed, send a reminder,” the judge said.

The court has now kept the matter for hearing on April 3.

On the previous date of hearing, the Arvind Kejriwal government had informed the court that no decision had been taken yet. The reply also states that the file is pending before the Delhi Health Minister Saty­endar Jain, who is also handling the Home portfolio.

The public prosecutor has filed a reply by submitting a letter in the court.

On February 9, 2016, “anti-national” slogans were alleg­edly raised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus dur­ing a programme called to pro­test against the death sentence handed out to Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2002 Parliament attack.

The 1,200-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch names 10 JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhat­tacharya and seven Kashmiri students, as the main accused in the case.

The charge sheet says the Re­gional Forensic Science Labora­tory (RFSL) retrieved the SMS sent by Umar Khalid to Kanhai­ya Kumar to arrive at Sabarmati Dhaba, JNU, as their permission (to hold the protest) had been cancelled by the University ad­ministration.

The final pages of the charge sheet also confirm the presence of Kashmiri students during the protest and that they were in contact with Umar Khalid.

 

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