JNU sedition case: Delhi Police files chargesheet; names Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid

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JNU sedition case: Delhi Police files chargesheet; names Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid

New Delhi: In a 12,000-page charge sheet Delhi Police named student leaders including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and 43 others in a sedition case for allegedly raising ‘anti-national slogans’ during an event on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in February 2016.

The charge sheet further included names like Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rasool, Bashir Bhat and Basharat.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Anand will consider the charge sheet on Tuesday.

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.

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Meanwhile, Kanhaiya Kumar attacked the government saying that the timing of the filing of the charge sheet just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections indicated that it was 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 3 years, ahead of elections clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country,” Kumar was quoted by newswire ANI.

The charge sheet was filed by a special cell of the Delhi Police at the Patiala House court.

Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in 2016 for allegedly organising the event. Later, all three were released on bail.

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