During a bail plea hearing of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, the Delhi police recently told the High court that they don’t have video footage that shows the student leader rasied ‘anti-India’ slogans.
However, the police argued that they have a video that shows he was present at the spot.
Delhi high court judge Pratibha Rani pulled up the police and said
, “There is a difference between being present and participation.”
JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was assaulted at the Patiala House court
But, the court sent back Kanhaiya to jail and reserved its order till March 2. The student leader was arrested by the police on sedition charge
for allegedly raising ‘anti-India’ slogans in an event organised to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru on February 9.
During a three-hour hearing, the bench also raised questions over the police investigation in the case.
The bench asked, “Why police waited for footage from Zee TV? Why was the FIR not filed that day itself? What were your men doing?”
The court also questioned Delhi Police’s understanding of sedition charge. “Do you know what sedition is? Everybody says 124A is very serious. Do you know what it is? It can be punishable with less than three years imprisonment or only fine or can be very serious,” said Justice Pratibha Rani.