JNU sedition case: Court refuses chargesheet against Kanhaiya, Khalid; says Delhi govt’s permission needed

New Delhi: Five days after the Delhi Police filed a 12,000 page chargesheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and others, the Patiala House Court has refused to accept the filing. The court criticised the Delhi police for filing a chargesheet without getting approval from the Delhi government.

“You don’t have approval from the legal department, why did you file chargesheet without approval?” the court told the police while hearing the matter.

The Delhi police said it will get approval from the government in 10 days.

Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven students from Jammu and Kashmir – Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat have been named in the chargesheet.

They have been accused of organising an event on the college campus against the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. Their arrests then had triggered a huge controversy with the opposition slamming the police for “working at the behest of the ruling BJP”.

Kumar said that the chargesheet was politically motivated given the filing of its timing. The chargesheet also drew fire from the Congress with Kapil Sibal accusing the government of using the sedition law to muzzle dissent in the country.