Published: 07th February 2019
JNU case charge sheet before LS polls raises questions: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Kejriwal said Delhi Police took three years to file the charge sheet in connection with the sedition case against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the filing of the charge sheet in the JNU sedition case just before the Lok Sabha polls raised several questions and it needed to "legally studied" by the Aam Aadmi Party government
Kejriwal said Delhi Police took three years to file the charge sheet in connection with the sedition case against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others. Last month, the court had questioned the police for filing the charge sheet without the required sanction from authorities. On Wednesday, the court asked the Delhi government to expedite the process of granting sanction for prosecution in the case.
"The government is currently studying the charge sheet. It took Delhi Police three years to file a charge sheet...The police filed it without the government's nod, and also right before the elections, which raises several questions. There is a need to legally study it," Kejriwal told media persons when asked about his government's stance on the issue.
According to the charge sheet, Kumar was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.
Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during the event to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru, the mastermind of the terrorist attack on Parliament House in 2001.
The event had taken place despite the university administration cancelling permission following a complaint from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which had termed it "anti-national".