Police opposes in Delhi High Court perjury plea against ex-JNUSU President

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City police on Monday opposed in Delhi High Court a plea seeking initiation of perjury proceedings against former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and a JNU professor, saying there was no material to substantiate the allegation that they had filed false affidavits along with the bail plea of the student leader in a sedition case. Justice S P Garg was informed by the investigating officer (IO) that the court on 11 August had already dismissed pleas to cancel interim bail of Kanhaiya in the sedition case on the ground that nothing was shown that the student leader had made any anti-national speech after his release.

 Kanhaiya Kumar

“Perusal of petition, under reply, lacks materials and the contents/averments made therein are vehemently denied and, in view of the order dated 11 August, 2016 of this court, the petition deserves to dismissed,” the affidavit filed by the Delhi Police said.The reply of the police came in the backdrop of a court notice issued to it on a plea claiming that a JNU professor had “deliberately” filed a false affidavit in the high court along with the bail petition of Kanhaiya in the case.

The court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on 23 February next year. In his plea, petitioner Prashant Kumar Umrao has contended that the professor had wrongly vouched on oath that Kanhaiya was not involved in any “anti-national activity” and that he was a man of proper conduct. Advocate R P Luthra, appearing for the petitioner, had said the professor should have been aware that the student leader was fined for inappropriate conduct on campus a year ago and there was nothing to show that he was not involved in any anti-national sloganeering.

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