Giving a new twist to the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus controversy, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the protests had the backing of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Sayeed.

Speaking to the media, Singh said: “I want to clarify that the protests (at JNU) had the support of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Sayeed.”

Singh reiterated that no innocent would be targeted as part of the ongoing probe into the protests that took place at the JNU campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

However, those who raised "anti-national" slogans will not be spared, Singh said.

JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was on Friday arrested on sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

The event was held despite the JNU administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed it "anti-national".