The Delhi Police Monday on Monday filed its charge-sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a sedition case, filed in 2016. The charge-sheet, which also names Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya among others, has accused Kumar of inciting the mob chanting anti-India slogans on 9 February, 2016.
The event organised on the JNU campus in February 2016 had become hugely controversial after the Delhi Police arrested Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya and sent them to Tihar jail in a sedition case. The charge-sheet filed before the Delhi’s Patiala House Court, has accused Khalid and Bhattacharya of having shouted anti-India slogans during the controversial event, organised to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was given the death penalty in the Parliament attack case.
Other individuals named in the charge-sheet include Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat. A report by news agency PTI said that Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Anand had put up the charge-sheet for hearing on Tuesday.
The Delhi Police had filed a case against Kumar and others on 11 February, 2016 under Sections of 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC at Vasant Kunj (North) police station after they received complaints from BJP MP Maheish Girri and the ABVP. The ABVP is the student wing of the RSS. The saffron student group had come under scanner for its role in fanning the tension on the JNU campus.
The genesis of the controversy was a video, which according to the FIR, showed that students raised pro-Pakistan slogans at the event. It said around 80-90 students were present at the event. Later it emerged that how a channel, NewX had aired a portion of Kumar’s speech, chating pro-Azaadi slogans. However, soon a rival TV channel, ABP News released the full video, which showed the context of pro-Azaadi slogans. In the video, the context of Azaadi was not freedom from India but social issues such as hunger and poverty.