Delhi government gives permission to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar in sedition case

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has given its approval to police to prosecute former
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president
Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a
sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during an event inside the university campus in February 2016. The approval was awaited for a long time.

On January 14 last year, the police had filed a chargesheet in the court against Kumar and others, including former JNU students
Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, stating that they were leading a procession and supported the seditious slogans raised on the campus during an event on February 9, 2016. The police had at the same time filed a request for prosecution sanction from the government.

AAP government obtained legal opinion in the matter before taking a final call.

On February 19, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the Delhi government was likely to take an “early decision” on the prosecution sanction against Kumar and others in the sedition case.

The Code of Criminal Procedure lays down that for offences against the state (like waging war against the government, sedition etc), the court cannot take cognisance of the police chargesheet without the sanction of the home department of the state concerned. In this case, police have invoked Section 124A of IPC relating to the charge of sedition against Kanhaiya and other students.

Delhi government had multiple times questioned the urgency of Delhi Police in filing an “incomplete charge-sheet without obtaining the prior sanction of the competent authority”. The home department had earlier pointed out that the investigating agency (Delhi Police) had sought its approval only after filing the chargesheet in the court.

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