JNU sedition case: Court questions Delhi Police for filing chargesheet without procuring requisite sanctions

A court here questioned the Delhi police on Saturday for filing a chargesheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case without procuring requisite sanctions.

Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat granted police time till February 6 to procure requisite sanctions after they told the court they will get the approvals within 10 days.

“Why did you file (the chargesheet) without approval? You don’t have a legal department,” the court said.

The court is likely to resume hearing on the matter soon.

Police on January 14 filed the chargesheet at a city court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the varsity campus during an event in February 2016.

Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during the event held on February 9, 2016, to mark the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

Earlier, they had claimed before the court here that Kumar had raised anti-India slogans in 2016 “to incite hatred and disaffection towards the government”.

Police cited statements of various witnesses in its chargesheet to state that Kumar was walking along with the protesters where a number of unidentified persons were raising slogans during the event.

The evidence listed by the agency include report of JNU’s high-level committee, statement of varsity’s registrar Bhupinder Jutshi and the mobile phone recordings in which Kumar was seen arguing with him over cancellation of the programme.

Police said a video shot by a news channel and clips shot by students present at the spot show that Khalid, Bhattacharya and Ashutosh were raising slogans.

It, however, added that the slogans raised by Ashutosh were not anti-national, unlike those by Khalid and Bhattacharya.

Khalid raised slogans as shown in the videos and mobile clips, police said, citing a video which shows him saying, “The programme is against occupation of Kashmir by the Indian State. I am making it very apparent that I am not from Kashmir but I believe that what is happening in Kashmir is Indian occupation of Kashmir…”

Regarding Rama Naga, whose name appears in column 12, the chargesheet said that he delivered speech with contents against the RSS.

On 36 others listed in column 2 of the chargesheet, including Ashutosh, Rama Naga, Banojyotsana, Shehla Rashid and Aparajitha Raja, police said that they were not seen raising anti-India slogans.

A case was registered on February 11, 2016 under sections 124A and 120B of the IPC against unidentified persons at Vasant Kunj (North) police station, following complaints from BJP lawmaker Maheish Girri and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

The event had taken place despite the university administration cancelling the permission, following a complaint from ABVP, which had termed it “anti-national”.

HC directs JNU not to take coercive step against Umar Khalid till tomorrow

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today directed the Jawaharlal Nehru University not to take any coercive steps till tomorrow against its student Umar Khalid, who was rusticated and slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000 in connection with a 2016 incident of alleged anti-India slogans being raised at an event.

Justice Siddharth Mridul issued notice to JNU on a plea by Khalid challenging the penalty imposed on him by an appellate authority of the university on July 4 in connection with the incident.

The court said the matter be listed tomorrow along with another plea filed by JNU’s former students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, on whom Rs 10,000 fine has been imposed by the appellate authority.

During the hearing, Khalid’s counsel said the urgency was that two weeks time was given by the authorities to pay the fine amount.

JNU’s counsel said Khalid has been rusticated for one semester starting from July 23.
The court said there cannot be any urgency as far as depositing of fine was concerned and added, “in the meantime, JNU shall not take any coercive steps against the petitioner (Khalid)”.

The court had yesterday directed the varsity not to take any coercive step against Kumar, who has also challenged the penalty.

Both of them have sought direction to quash the office order of July 4 passed by the JNU through the chief proctor.

Kumar has alleged in the plea that there were serious lapses towards observing the principles of natural justice and violation of the high court’s earlier order.
On February 9, 2016, a poetry event was held at JNU in connection with the third anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging for his role in the attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.
A high-level panel of JNU had in 2016 recommended a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kumar. It also suggested that Khalid be rusticated in connection with the incident. Besides, financial penalty was imposed on 13 other students for violation of disciplinary norms.
The students had then moved the high court, which had on October 12 last year directed the university to place the matter before an appellate authority to review the panel’s decision.
On July 5, the university stated that the appellate authority had upheld the decision against Khalid and Kumar, and in some cases, the penalty had been reduced.
Kumar, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested on charges of sedition in connection with the 2016 controversial event, are out on bail.

Umar Khalid granted permission to visit Kolkata

umar khalid(PTI) JNU student Umar Khalid, facing sedition charge for allegedly raising anti-India slogans at the university campus here in February, was today granted permission by a Delhi court to travel to Kolkata to attend a panel discussion.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh allowed Khalid to travel to the city from May 20 to 23 to attend panel discussion organised by Bastar Solidarity Network (Kolkata Chapter).

As per the application, the discussion will be held on May 21 in Muktangan Hall, Kolkata.

Khalid, along with another varsity student Anirban Bhattacharya, was granted interim bail for six months by the court on March 18 on the ground of parity with co-accused and JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in the case.

In its bail order, the court had directed Umar and Anirban not to leave Delhi without its permission during the period of interim bail and to make themselves available before the investigating officer as and when required for the purpose of the probe.

Umar and Anirban had surrendered to the police on the intervening night of February 23-24 after which they were arrested.

Earlier, Kanhaiya was granted six-month interim bail by the high court on March 2.

Police had arrested Umar and Anirban over a controversial event at JNU on February 9.

The duo had returned to the JNU campus on February 21 after going missing since February 12.

Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Umar, Anirban and three other students — Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash

JNU students Umar, Anirban granted six-month interim bail

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JNU students Umar, Anirban granted six-month interim bail

New Delhi, JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case almost a month ago, were today granted interim bail for six months by a Delhi court.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh granted the relief to the two accused on furnishing of a personal bond of Rs 25,000 each with one surety of the like amount.

“I am granting them interim bail for six months,” the judge said, adding that the duo will not leave the country without its prior permission.

Umar and Anirban, who are lodged in jail since February 23, had sought bail on the ground of parity with JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, saying he has already been granted bail and the incident did not attract charges of sedition.

The two had surrendered to the police on the intervening night of February 23-24.

Kanhaiya was granted interim bail for six months by a Delhi High Court on March 2.

JNU case: Khalid & Bhattacharya seek bail

New Delhi,  JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, arrested in a sedition case in which JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar is also an accused, today moved a Delhi court seeking bail.

Both students who were arrested after they had surrendered on the night of February 23, filed their applications before the Patiala House Courts registry and their pleas are likely to come up for hearing before a sessions court tomorrow.

The police had arrested the duo for allegedly organising a controversial event at JNU on February 9 where anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

The plea was moved on the ground that both the accused are not required for any custodial interrogation as they are in judicial custody.

The application said that no purpose will be served by keeping them in the custody.

Earlier on February 25, Umar and Anirban were remanded to police custody after hearing at South Campus Police Station near JNU which was turned into a makeshift courtroom following an order of the Delhi High Court to “maintain confidentiality” during their remand proceedings.

The court later on March 1, had sent Umar and Anirban to judicial custody.

The duo had returned to the JNU campus on February 29 after going missing since February 12.

Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Umar, Anirban and three other students — Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash.

Kanhaiya was earlier granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court.