Kanhaiya Kumar Questions Why Delhi Police Have Filed The Chargesheet Just Before 2019 Elections

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6:33 pm 14 Jan, 2019

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On February 9, 2013, Mohammed Afzal Guru, who was involved in the Parliament attack case, was hanged in Tihar Jail during the UPA regime. And during an event organised to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru, a bunch of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students raised “objectionable” and “anti-national” slogans. After the video footage of the 2016 event went viral on social media, there was a massive outrage among people across the nation.

Now after close to three years of the probe into the matter, the Delhi Police have filed a chargesheet in the JNU sedition case at the Patiala House Court. The chargesheet names former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, along with fellow activists Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

 


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Seven students, who are natives of Jammu and Kashmir, including Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat, have also been named in the chargesheet.

As many as 36 others, including CPI leader D Raja’s daughter Aprajita, Shehla Rashid (then vice-president of the JNUSU), Rama Naga and Ashutosh Kumar have also been named. They have been kept in column number 12 of the chargesheet, which means that they were present during the event but police do not have sufficient evidence against them.

 

 

The around 1,200-page charge sheet, contains CCTV footage, mobile footage and testimonies of eyewitnesses.

Reacting to the development, Kanhaiya Kumar termed the move as “politically motivated” and questioned its timing, ahead of the parliamentary election. He has called it a case of political vendetta.

 

 

Kumar said:

“The charge sheet is politically motivated. However, we want the charges to be framed and a speedy trial in the case so that the truth comes out. We also want to see the videos that have been placed on record as evidence by the police.”

On Delhi Police’s chargesheet, Omar Khalid said:

“We reject the allegations. The move to file the charge sheet three years after the alleged incident is an attempt to divert the attention (of the people) right before (parliamentary) elections. We will fight it out in court.”

And as soon as the news spread on social media, netizens quickly came out with their reactions. Here’s how they reacted:

 

 


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Jayant Jigyasu, a ‘close friend’ of Kanhaiya Kumar, has accused him of being a liar. Kumar has also been accused of unzipping his private part in public and urinating on road. The woman, in her complaint to the university, had also accused Kumar of threatening her when she objected to him urinating in public.


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