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JNU “Sedition” Case: Police Fail to Procure Prosecution Sanction

February 6, 2019 | By

New Delhi: Delhi Police failed to procure prosecution sanction against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Police informed the trial court that the sanction to prosecute, which is pending with the Delhi government, was expected in a few days.

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The court directed the Investigating Officer to ask the government to expedite the sanction decision. It also said that the authorities can not sit on files for an indefinite period. The court gave Delhi Police time till February 28 to procure sanctions to prosecute Kumar and others.

The Delhi police’ chargesheet filed against Kanhaiya Kumar and others, claimed that he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the varsity campus on February 9, 2016, at an event to commemorate the hanging of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru. Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting “anti-India slogans” during the event.

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