JNU case: Invoking sedition law against Kanhaiya Kumar and others travesty of free speech

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal said invoking sedition law against Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the JNU case was travesty of free speech.

Published: 16th January 2019 05:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th January 2019 12:45 AM   |  A+A-

Former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar

Former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar (File | PTI)

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SRINAGAR: Former IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir Shah Faesal on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre for charging former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leaders with sedition, calling it as a travesty of free speech.

"Invoking sedition law against Kanhaiya Kumar and eight others is a travesty of free speech," 35-year-old Faesal tweeted.

According to him, Section Sec 124A of IPC is at odds with the spirit of the times.

"The world has moved on. India has evolved. It is time for our governments to grow up," said Faesal, who recently resigned from a cushy civil service job to protest against 'unabated killings' in the restive Valley.

Faesal, who topped the IAS topper in 2010, is tipped to embrace politics and could also contest the forthcoming Parliamentary elections. The Delhi Police on Monday filed a 1,200-page chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others, including seven Kashmiris, for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during an event on JNU campus on February 9, 2016, to commemorate the hanging of Parliament-attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

Former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also questioned the timing of invoking sedition law against ex-JNU student leaders.

"No surprises here. We are months away from the 2019 general election and like always, using Kashmiris to score extra political points with the Indian electorate has become somewhat of a prerequisite," Mehoboba tweeted.

She said the timing of the charge sheet could not be any more suspicious.

"When the UPA was in power, it decided to send Afzal Guru to the gallows and to this day, J&K is paying the price. Wonder how many more Kashmiris along with their families will have to pay a price to secure the political fortunes of national parties," Mehbooba said.

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