Speaking at a press conference today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the state government has not yet taken any decision on the prosecution sanction against former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case.
However, Kejriwal said the Delhi government’s home department will take the appropriate decision after taking all facts into consideration. There will be no political interference in the case, the chief minister asserted.
Police had sought sanction from the Delhi government to prosecute Kumar and others in the sedition case.
Delhi police on January 14, had filed a 1,200-page chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar for allegedly holding an “anti-national” event at the JNU in Delhi in February 2016.
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, were also named in the chargesheet.
The students were accused of organising an event on the campus against the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. Their arrests had triggered a huge controversy with the opposition slamming the police for “working at the behest of the ruling BJP.”
Both Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid have said the case against them was “politically motivated,” and the video showing them leading a procession and supported seditious slogans were doctored and circulated in order to implicate them in the case.