The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has filed a 1,200-page chargesheet against student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and some others. Charges have been filed against ‘anti-India’ sloganeering at an event organised at JNU in 2016 to protest the hanging of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru here on Monday.
ANI reports that the chargesheet has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including sedition, punishment for unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal conspiracy. The Delhi Police had concluded its investigation yesterday.
The chargesheet has been filed under IPC section 124A (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), & 120B (criminal conspiracy) https://t.co/WFxRIb3Sk7
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The Patiala House Court will take up the chargesheet for consideration on Tuesday. The chargesheet has been filed under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 124A (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 (criminal conspiracy).
“I would like to thank police and Modi Ji. The filing of the chargesheet after three years, just ahead of elections clearly shows it is politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country”, responding to the chargesheet, Kanhaiya said.
Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya were arrested in 2016 in a sedition case for allegedly organising an event in Jawaharlal Nehru University campus against the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. The arrests had triggered a huge controversy with the opposition slamming the police for ‘working at the behest of the ruling BJP’.
Kanhaiya is all set to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Begusarai in Bihar on a CPI ticket and RJD and Congress are expected to extend their support to him.