JNU Sedition: No sanction from state govt yet, Court asks DCP to appear

JNU Sedition: No sanction from state govt yet, Court asks DCP to appear

Aditi Singh

With no sanction to proceed in the case, the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat today directed the DCP (Special Cell), Delhi Police to appear before it on March 30 in connection with the JNU sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar and others.

Coming down heavily on Delhi Police, the Court has asked the DCP to submit a report explaining the delay in procuring sanction from the Delhi government to proceed in the case.

The chargesheet in the case was filed by the Delhi Police more than two months ago on January 14.

Apart from former JNUSU President Kanhaiya, the chargesheet has named students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven others for allegedly  raising “anti-national” slogans at the JNU campus on February 2, 2016.

They are booked for commission of offences under Sections 124A,143,147,149,120B and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Judge Sherawat had, however, refused to take cognizance on the chargesheet due to absence of legal sanction.

The Delhi Police claims to have based its findings on the basis of documentary evidence, CCTV footage, and eye-witness accounts of approximately 90 persons.

Kanhaiya was granted interim bail by the Delhi High Court in the matter in March 2016, almost three weeks after being arrested on charges of sedition. Soon after, an Additional Sessions Judge granted interim bail to Khalid as well as Bhattacharya in the case.

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