Police Charge Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid, Others with Sedition

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Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid attending a function. — Facebook photo

If the news is true that a charge sheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi ji. The filing of charge sheet after three years, ahead of elections, clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country, said Kanhaiya Kumar.

NEW DELHI — The Delhi Police’s special cell on Monday filed its charge sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and eight others in a sedition case lodged in 2016.

The Delhi Police also charged former students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during an event organized on JNU campus on February 9, 2016 to commemorate the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

The other names mentioned in the charge sheet are Kashmiri residents – Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayees Rasool, Basharat Ali, and Khalid Bashir Bhat.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Anand put up the charge sheet for consideration before a court on Tuesday.

The police said they have evidence to proceed against former JNU Students’ Union leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven other, according to reports.

However, reacting to the 1,200-page charge sheet, Kanhaiya Kumar said it is “politically motivated”.

“If the news is true that a charge sheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi ji. The filing of charge sheet after three years, ahead of elections, clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country,” the former student leader told news agency ANI.

“The government is trying to divert attention and change the narrative in an election year to hide their failure. We will fight the case and prove our innocence,” said Umar Khalid while denying allegations.

Police say there are 36 others, including Communist Party of India leader D Raja’s daughter Aprajita and Shehla Rashid, who are accused in the case but there is no direct evidence against them. They However can be summoned for questioning.

A case was registered on February 11, 2016 under Sections of 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) police station following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and the ABVP.

D Raja reacted over the charge sheet against these students leaders saying: “Even at that time we said that these are politically motivated charges and nobody can accuse AISF (All India Students Federation) for any activity against nation. There’s nothing to prove, our students can’t indulge in such activities and the government can’t slap sedition charges on them. We’ll fight the case.” according to news agency ANI.

The February 9 event happened despite the varsity administration having canceled the permission following a complaint by the ABVP, who had termed it as “anti-national”. — Agencies

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