Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram Monday dubbed the fees towards former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others within the JNU sedition case as “absurd” whereas his get together stated it hoped that the authorized course of will probably be carried out rightfully.
Earlier within the day, the Delhi Police filed its cost sheet towards Kumar and 9 others within the case earlier than Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Sumit Anand.
It charged Kanhaiya Kumar, former Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) college students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and 7 others for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans throughout an occasion on the college campus on February 9, 2016 to commemorate the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru.
Mr Chidambaram stated if it took three years for the federal government to make out the cost of sedition, it “exposes the motive of the federal government”.
He additionally demanded a debate on whether or not a provision like Part 124A (sedition) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has a spot within the legal guidelines of a democratic republic.
“The cost of sedition towards Kanhaiya Kumar and others is absurd. If it takes three years and 1,200 pages to make out a cost of sedition (based mostly on a public speech), that alone exposes the motive of the federal government,” the previous house minister stated in a collection of tweets.
“What number of within the investigating group have learn and understood part 124A of the IPC and the case regulation on the Part. There have to be a severe debate if a provision like part 124A has a spot within the legal guidelines of a democratic republic,” Mr Chidambaram stated.
The stated occasion had taken place regardless of the college administration cancelling the permission, following a grievance from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which had termed it as “anti-national”.
A case was registered on February 11, 2016 following complaints from Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) MP Maheish Girri and the ABVP.
“We’re assured that no tinkering will probably be allowed to be completed with the proof, as there’s information in regards to the video being doctored. We hope that the authorized course of will keep on rightfully and there will probably be no tinkering,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera stated.
“The individuals have misplaced religion on this authorities and the processes adopted by it,” he added.
The accused have been charged with offences beneath numerous sections of the IPC, together with 143 (punishment for being a member of an illegal meeting) and 120B (legal conspiracy), apart from 124A.
The charge-sheet additionally comprises CCTV footage, cellular footage and documentary proof.
Decide Anand put it up for consideration earlier than Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace on Tuesday.