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Delhi court refuses to accept chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, others

The Delhi court asked the police to get Delhi government's approval before filing the chargesheet

Saturday January 19, 2019 12:30 PM, ummid.com News Network

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New Delhi: A court in Delhi on Saturady refused to accept the chargesheet filed against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and others in a 2016 sedation case. The Delhi court asked the police to get Delhi government's approval before filing the chargesheet.

"You don't have approval from the legal department, why did you file chargesheet without approval?" the court told the police.

The Delhi police said it will get approval from the government in 10 days.

As per the law, a chargesheet in any case has to be filed within 90 days. The Delhi police however filed chargesheet against the former JNU Students' union leaders after three years.

The Delhi Police filed a 1200 page chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president, Umar Khalid and others in a sedition case lodged in 2016 last Monday.

The chargesheet also named former students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during the Feb 9 event that was organised to mark the death anniversary of the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Both Jatin Goraiya and Pradeep Narwal left the ABVP, immediately after the controversy broke out in Feb 2016. Goraiya stated that he left the ABVP because he was against the ABVP’s stand on Dalits.

“As we are Dalits, we were told repeatedly to appear for TV interviews and defend ABVP after Vemula’s suicide. But, we refused to do so since they kept referring to him as a terrorist. With the February 9 event, they saw an opportunity to divert attention,” Narwal said at the conference.

Eever since filing the chargesheet, the Delhi police is being criticised. While the accused said the case against them is fabricated, opposition parties questined the timing of the move which came few months before the 2019 General Elections.

Earlier, former JNU ABVP unit vice-president Jatin Goraiya and former joint-secretary Pradeep Narwal claimed that the anti-India sloganeering on February 9, 2016 on the varsity campus was by their own men.

Goraiya and Narwai said ABVP members raised ant-India solgans at the JNU event to divert the media attention from the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

Vemula, a PhD student at the University of Hyderabad and author of the book "Caste is Not a Rumour" had committed suicide on January 17, 2016 blaming the university administration of expelling him at the behest of ABVP - students' wing of the BJP.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, they claimed that the students seen in videos raising “Pakistan Zindabad" and “Bharat tere tukde honge" slogans belonged to the ABVP.

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