High Court raps Delhi Police, asks ‘do you even know what sedition is’

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In an embarrassing development, the Delhi High Court on Monday asked Delhi Police if it really understood what sedition was.

During the hearing of the JNU students’ union leader, Kanhaiya Kumar, the bench of Justice Pratibha Rani asked, “Do you know what sedition is. Was there any CCTV footage of entire incident? If report is based on TV channel footage, is there any other evidence.”

The court further said, “If you had all the evidence and witnesses of the incident on 9 February, then why did you wait for the Zee News footage to go on air? Why did you not take action aat that moment?”

The HC said that presence at the spot was different from participation in anti-India slogans.

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The court said, “Everything was happening at JNU, SHO was stationed at the gate. There were police in plain clothes there. If you have all these people, why wait for Zee News video?

“Someone was raising slogans that you can’t even read here. Was police relaxing? Is it possible? Wasn’t police supposed to take cognisance then and there?”

This came after Delhi Police denied having any video evidence to corroborate charges of sedition against Kanhaiya.

It told the court, “In the video Kanhaiya Kumar cannot be seen shouting slogans. However, there are witnesses to his shouting slogans. We do have independent witnesses- JNU officials, Chief security officers and students of JNU.”

Delhi police said that an individual with iPhone 6 had recorded the slogans but Kanhaiya was not seen chanting slogans.

Kanhaiya’s lawyer, Kapil Sibal told the court that he the arrested student leader was only there to ‘break fight, he opposes anti national slogans &didn’t raise them.’

Delhi government too informed the HC that there was no evidence against Kanhaiya arguing that he should be granted a bail.

The court reserved its order for 2 March on the bail plea.

More to come

54 COMMENTS

  1. This case cannot be closed until an indepth inquiry is conducted into the doctored tapes and fake twitter accounts of hafiz saeed.Unless that is done,it will be a travesty of justice.Its almost certain that BJP RSS are deeply involved in this along with supari channels like India TOday,TimesNOW,Zee,INdiatv,NewsX.This was a massive conspiracy to destroy institutions,people and peace.This cannot go unpunished.

      • THAT LEARNING INSTITUTIONS HAVE BECOME TRAITORS DENS . FOR WHICH HUE AND CRY IS GOING ON, ROHIT VEMULA IS STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF YACUB MEMON FROM HCU. IN THIS WAY TAX PAYERS MONEY GOING AGAINST THEM

          • Yes, they know,Sedition definition has change these days.Sedition law must be charge on all of those who are against BJP and RSS.

          • THIS IS UNDER LAW_______Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards. 2[* * *] the Government established by law in 3[India], 4[* * *] shall be punished with 5[imprisonment for life], to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine.

            Explanation 1-The expression “disaffection” includes disloyalty and all feelings of enmity.

            Explanation 2-Comments expressing disapprobation of the measures of the attempting to excite hatred, contempt or disaffection, do not constitute an offence under this section.

            Explanation 3-Comments expressing disapprobation of the administrative or other action of the Government without exciting or attempting to excite hatred, contempt or disaffection, do not constitute an offence under this section.
            THIS IS DEFINITION OF SEDITION UNDER LAW-.
            Meaning of sedition ——conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
            SATISFIED?

          • Where did monarch come from honey? Thankfully Google searches do not a lawyer make. Read Explanation 3 slowly. Loudly. Then repeat. Then say”I shall not exert my brain beyond its limited capacity.”

        • Vasu, you have personal knowledge about Yakub? I hope the police is reading your post…you should be arrested immediatel for obstructing justice and withholding information of national importance from law enforcement.

          • very good those who go with justice will be arrested those who cry for anti national activities will remain out side . ware woh lawyer hai to aisi. jhoot ko saath de

    • let supreme court answer this. Kanhaiya is not guilty , but he has already been punished by goons and by police and by courts making him stay in jail.

        • ………. find that picture and put the link here , dont talk without proof like your masters arrested him only based on hearsay.
          Why cant you for a moment open your mind and think that maybe he never did most of things u r accusing off , how does ur mind decide without seeing proofs ?

          • And what happened to all those ABVP supporters in JNU , none of them took video or pictures ? why isnt anyone of those so called only true patriots not submitting proof to police or court

          • really? so only you and I know to google ? the lawyers , the police who went to court dont know how to google ?
            Or is it because they can also google it but they know this is fake and cant be shown in court , why arent they using that evidence if it is true ? have u thought ?

          • YES WE HOPE THAT IT IS TRUE , (IT IS UNCOMMON NOW A DAYS AND DONOT FEEL THAT I AM BJP SUPPORTER R RSS

          • YOU ARE TRYING TO TAUNT ME WITH YOUR WORDS IN SUPPORT OF YOUR SO CALLED LEADER > EVERY BODY GOOGLES TO ASCERTAIN TRUTH> DONOT YOU

          • but does that mean everything on google is true ? You also know that if you searched top 10 criminals in world on google , it showed Modi in that list , so then will you believe that ? Google is like power of science to search information doesnt get bigger than own brain power to analyse the information is true or fake.

          • I DONOT HAVE FAITH ON ANY PARTY EVEN ON AK > WITHOUT PARTIES THEY THINK HOW TO PROGRESS INDIA > RECALLING POWER IS NEEDED TO KEEP THEM IN CHECK

          • Yeah I agree with you all politicians are self serving people , but when we debate an issue we should debate based on the right and wrong of the topic , the more we involve personalities and emotions of a cpi m person being wrong , or ur hate towards them or at times own ego of not giving in , the the focus from debating to explore truth is lost . In this case my only concern is I really feel sad for a person who got arrested and tortured in all such fights .

          • no need the picture of afzal guru was posted in their meeting hall. how can you be anti national that no activity of afzal guru celebrated in jnu?

          • Dont confuse yourself and others , this topic is about Kanhaiya’s arrest .
            Was Kanhaiya the organiser of that meeting ?
            What evidences do you have to support your claim that Kanhaiya supported this activity or did anything that is defined anti-national under sedition law.Please donot make statements or judgements but show evidences if you have

          • Kanhaiya is not part of that organising group , he was trying to mediate between that Khalid group and Abvp (this is the image where u see them together manipulated as they r together)but in the process he also criticised RSS that is the real reason he got arrested ,not for sedition , so this is how BJP is a manipulator who frames people if they oppose them .

          • BUT ANY WAY YOU AGREE THE MEETING WAS CONDUCTED BY SUPPORTERS OF AFZAL GURU THEN IS IT NOT TRAITOR ACTIVITY ON INDIAN SOIL

          • WHO EVER YOU MAY BE AS INDIAN HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS HAVE BECOME DENS FOR TERRORISTS< WHO SUPPORT AFZALGURU AND AZAD KASHMIR WE HAVE WITNESSED AND SLEPT SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AS THEY ATTACKED NEIGHBOURS

        • it now emerges that he didn’t organize the event. He went there to check as #JNU

          Students Union leader….. your turn….

      • Vasu ji…. one small point ..pliss..pliss 🙂 Please don’t use ALL CAPITALS for your sentences. On internet, using “all capitals” conveys that you are SHOUTING…. and you appear to be always SCREAMING… Just type normal and we will all read your rants, I promise you…. But by using all capital letters, you are SCREAMING…I can picture you frothing in your mouth, with vengance…..Please relax and just type your comments and we WILL read and respond….Peace

  2. judges are hearing thus its premature to comment now but trust judges will also issue strictures to TV journalist for doctored/unverified vdo and telecasting the same for sensalisation -it should not be repeated again. journalist like mr goswami and many others should be cautioned to give there judgment or stop a medial trial atleast when students are the issue as its damaging career and life of a youth of the country…let them go gaga over politician no problem but no one will tolerate when its youth…..if judge can elaborate on nationalism, patriotism then blooddy issue will be over for all time to come.

  3. chutiye log jo yaha bak bak kar rahe hai unke liye.. chutiyo tum jo support kar rahe ho uska matlab kal agar koi policewalal tumse ya tumhaare bachcho se khunnas kha gaya wo do dande marega aur jail me band kar dega aur farzi case laga dega.. fir saale marte dolo.. that’s what has happened in this case, How can police arrest someone without any evidence and how were they able to keep him so long.. well it’s because there is total chaos (lack of proper system) in india.. It’s job of police to first find evidence and prepare a case not that first arrest someone and then prepare a case and finally say sorry we didn’t find anything wrong.. you do that in any developed country that the such policeman will be fired…

  4. people are saying who holds a pic of Afjal Guru- is a Traitor. my curious mind want to know what they call the people who Upholds the terrorist GODSE, they use to worship Godse, they say Godse the murderer was a deshbhakt??????

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