New Delhi: The AAP government in Delhi has refused to concede the request of the Delhi Police to give sanction to prosecute CPI leader and former JNU Students’ Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar in a serious sedition case.
In February, 2016, Kanhaiya Kumar took part in a meeting to protest the death sentence given to Afsal Guru, convicted in the 2002 Parliament attack case. During the meeting inside the campus the students along with Kanhaiya Kumar raised anti-India slogans and the protestors called for disrupting the unity of the country and advocated separatism and partition.
However, the AAP Leader and Home Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain, seems to downplay the incident and said that Kanhaiya Kumar had no intention of inciting violence and did not raise such slogans at the march.
The case is heard in a court in Delhi on 18 September. In July, the court had asked Delhi Police about the sanctions by the AAP-led government in Delhi to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid.
The Delhi Police Crime Branch had given a 1,200 page charge sheet had named Kanhaiya Kumar in the case along with 9 other JNU students and 7 Kashmiris. Umar Khalid is also an accused in the case.
The charge sheet also says that text message sent by Umar Khalid to Kanhaiya Kumar was recovered, in which Khalid is asks Kanhaiya Kumar to arrive at Sabarmati Dhaba at JNU as their permission to conduct protests was turned down by JNU varsity administration.
Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested for sedition and criminal conspiracy under section 124 of the IPC.