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Kanhaiya Kumar Sedition Case: Court Slams Delhi Government For Delay
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Kanhaiya Kumar Sedition Case: Court Slams Delhi Government For Delay (file image)
New Delhi: On Wednesday, a court told the Delhi government that it couldn't sit indefinitely on a file seeking clearance to prosecute former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others in a sedition case. The Delhi Police was asked by the court to tell the state government to urgently clear the file.
This remark of the court comes after Delhi Police said that sanction to prosecute the accused was still awaited.
"Authorities can't sit on file for indefinite period," the court said.
The court, last month had rejected the 1,200-page chargesheet by Delhi Police on grounds that they did not seek the Delhi legal department's opinion before filing it as is procedure.
The police, in order to file a chargesheet in a sedition case under the Code of Criminal Procedure must take sanction from the state government. The Delhi Police acts under the Union Home Ministry.
Kanhaiya Kumar was accused by the government of leading a procession and supported seditious slogans during an event in the Jawaharlal Nehru University on February 9, 2016, to mark the hanging of parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru.
The former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union, Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid have said the case against them was "politically motivated".
"The filing of chargesheet after three years, ahead of elections, clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country," he told news agency ANI.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat listed the case for further hearing on February 28.