JNU sedition: Chargesheet filed secretly, in hasty manner: Delhi govt

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Friday told a court here that the Delhi Police filed a chargesheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case, in haste and secretly without getting the sanction of the competent authority.

“The chargesheet was filed secretly and in a hasty manner without sanction from competent authority. Decision on sanction to be taken within one month from receipt of opinion from the GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi) standing counsel (criminal),” the Delhi government’s counsel said as per reports published in The Indian Express.

The government also told the court that it will take one more month to decide whether to grant sanction or not in the case.

The AAP government’s submission came before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat, who listed the matter for further hearing on April 8.

The court in its last hearing asked the government to submit a definite time frame to decide when sanction would be given in the Jawaharlal Nehru University case that involves a event on February 9, 2016 organised in the campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The chargesheet was filed on January 14. It named former student leaders former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and claimed that Kumar was leading a procession and raised the alleged seditious slogans.

Police also charged JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students as accused in the case.
[source_without_link]With IANS inputs[/source_without_link]