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JNU sedition case: Court to go ahead with trial without Delhi govt sanction

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Published : Mar 1, 2019, 2:06 am IST
Updated : Mar 1, 2019, 2:07 am IST

The court, which listed the matter for further hearing on March 11, asked the police to provide it the video footage of the incident for its perusal.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar
 JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday rapped the AAP government for not granting the requisite sanction to prosecute former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case, warning that it would proceed with the case even without the go-ahead.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Deepak Sherawat was informed by the investigating officer (IO) that the state government has not yet granted the required sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute the accused. To this, the judge said: “You (Delhi Police) took three years (for filing chargesheet). Now they (Delhi government) will also take three years (for granting sanctions)... Whether sanction has been granted or not I will proceed with the case.”

 

The court had earlier also directed the police to ask the authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to procure the sanction needed to prosecute Mr Kumar and other accused, including former JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in the case.

On January 14, the police filed the chargesheet in the court against Mr Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the campus during an event on February 9, 2016.

During the day’s hearing, the police told the court that Mr Kumar had organised the 2016 event though permission was denied.

The court, which listed the matter for further hearing on March 11, asked the police to provide it the video footage of the incident for its perusal.

 

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