The Delhi Police on Monday filed a 12,000-page chargesheet against ten people, including student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in a sedition case for allegedly raising “anti-national slogans” during an event on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in February 2016.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Anand will consider the chargesheet on Tuesday. Others named in the chargesheet include Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rasool, Bashir Bhat and Basharat.
Charges have been filed under IPC 124 A (sedition), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine, forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149 (unlawful assembly with common object), 147 (rioting) and 120B.
Kumar, who was the JNU students’ union president at the time, said the timing of the filing of the chargesheet just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections indicated that it was politically motivated.
Shehla Rashid and CPI leader D Raja's daughter Aparajita Raja have also been named in the chargesheet filed in JNU sedition case along with Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and others. https://t.co/K0AdUlWNE0
— ANI (@ANI) January 14, 2019
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“If the news is true that a chargesheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi Ji. The filing of chargesheet after 3 years, ahead of elections clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country,” ANI quoted Kumar as saying.
As many as 36 others, including CPI leader D Raja’s daughter Aprajita, Shehla Rashid (then vice-president of the JNUSU), Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Banojyotsna Lahiri have been named in column 12 of the chargesheet due to insufficient evidence against them, PTI quoted police sources as saying.
Reacting to the development, Raja said the charges were politically motivated while claiming that AISF cannot be accused of doing any activities against the nation.
Meanwhile, 'Tukde-Tukde' gang members @kanhaiyakumar, @UmarKhalidJNU & @Shehla_Rashid have been named in the chargesheet filed by @DelhiPolice on very serious charges of sedition & criminal conspiracy.
Let the country unite & show zero tolerance to anti-nationalism!!
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) January 14, 2019
‘Kanhaiya Kumar Incited Mob To Shout Anti-India Slogans’: Delhi Police Files Chargesheet In JNU Sedition Row . Central Forensic Science Laboratory asserts that tapes recording the event were not doctored and anti-national slogans were indeed raised there. https://t.co/Rm0sx5Lfh6
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