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.
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.
“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:
Why so much of importance to anti nationals like Kanhaiya Kumar , who is he to dictate the terms ?
— Mukunda (@Mukunda1973) January 14, 2019
@kanhaiyakumar जब चारशिट नहीं दायर हुई थी तब चिख चिख के कहते थे और अब जब चारशिट दायर हो गई तब भी। लेकिन जीस देश ने तुम्हें सब कुछ दिया उस देश के मुर्दाबाद के नारे लगाए तुमने उसका हिसाब तो होगा ही ना। मोदी जी ने चार साल क्या किया न किया उसका हिसाब देश ले लेगा।
— Chandan Singh (@MuzChandan) January 14, 2019
POLLS OR NO POLLS, WHY DO YOU FEAR?? LAW WILL NOT SPARE ANTI NATIONALS, EVEN ON THE DAY OF ELECTIONS.
— NewProblem🏆 (@newproblem) January 14, 2019
When they were silent.. Why they were no filed charges ही..
Now when they filed it why just before elections..
😂 😂 😂 😂. इतनी फटी है G..
— ADITYA_TARU (@adi27588) January 14, 2019
देशद्रोही अब कोर्ट और पुलिस को सिखाएगा ?
— Chandra B. 🇧🇴 (@chandrabjha) January 14, 2019
Hence forth the govt should ask a convenient date and time of the acussed to be chargesheted ,and then according’ly proceede , then its propere democracy at work ,
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— Santosh Kenchaamba (@santoshken) January 14, 2019
Delhi police should put hot burning rods in the A$$ of Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and their #TukdeTukdeGang and make them speak the truth..👍
— RAJENDRAREDDY (@RAJREDDYMS) January 14, 2019
अब तेरा पिछ्वाड़ा लाल कर देगी यह सरकार तब तू चिलाना लाल सलाम और भारत विरोधी नारे😂😂😂
— Arvind Gupta (@ArvindG49430228) January 14, 2019
He has to be happy Army don’t shoot him.
If he wants in kashmir he is no more
— Me Bharat hu Me Modi hu:🇮🇳 (@omkalbhirav) January 14, 2019
आरोपियों से पूछकर चार्जशीट का समय तय होगा?देश के टुकड़े की जंग का समय किससे पूछकर तय किया था।देश को किसकी नजर लग गयी,विवेकानंद के भारत में खरदूषण को जगह मिल गयी।
— Subodh Sharma (@subodhsharma29) January 14, 2019
Whole nation watched them raising slogans against India. Do they think by saying vendetta anyone will believe these anti nationals.
— Kiran Malik (@jaikiran90) January 14, 2019
It’s never too late in India!!!!!
First honest effort by Indian agencies to curb such acts of corrupted criminals and anti National groups-party!!!
— Anil Prasad (@1anil5) January 14, 2019
What is a “right time ” for him….At his will ?
— Rahul Sharma 🇮🇳 (@RS_swaraj) January 14, 2019
क्यों रे ग़दहा जब भारत के टुकड़े करने के नारे लगा रहा था तब टाइमिंग देखा था
तब तो मोदी सरकार को बदनाम करने का मंशा था
— hema rani (@hema4pk) January 14, 2019
जैसे ये बड़ा भारी नेहरू है, अगले चुनाव के बाद प्रधान मंत्री ये ही बनने वाला था, साला चुरकुट @jeetensingh
— जीवन S निगम (@imnigam) January 14, 2019
एैसा किस संविधान मे लिखा है कि सरकार के आखिरी साल मे काम नही किया जा सकता ??
कुछ अच्छा करो तो तकलीफ सालो को ..
तुझे तो चुनाव के दिन जेल भेजना चाहिये
— Ashok Yadav (@Ashokyadav123) January 14, 2019
क्योंकि मोदी जी ने कहा था कि 4.5 साल केवल देश के विकास का काम होगा और बचे हुए 0.5 साल केवल खालिस राजनीति। अब खेलो राजनीति राजनीति…..बहुत मज़ा आएगा…..😀😁😂😀😁😂🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
— Bhanu Pratap Singh B (@Bhanu20127) January 14, 2019
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.