NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought to put pressure on the Centre on Thursday as he stated that the Delhi government’s law department is probing the JNU sedition case.
Kejriwal made this remark after law minister Kailash Gahlot issued a show cause notice to principal secretary, law, AK Mendiratta for clearing the sanction to prosecute former JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others.
Mendiratta, sources in the government said, responded orally saying that as the contents did not concern the minister (Gahlot), he had forwarded the file to the home department. Gahlot is likely to take up the matter further since he was not satisfied with the response, they said.
According to sources, the file has reached the office of Delhi home minister Satyendar Jain, but he is yet to take any decision.
The Delhi government is also seeking legal options, they said. The police had filed the charge sheet on Jan. 14, saying the sanction for prosecution was pending with the government.
“I do not know whether Kanhaiya has committed sedition or not, which is being examined by the law department. On the other hand, Modi ji has stalled (works on) schools meant for children, hospitals, installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of mohalla clinics in Delhi — is this not sedition?” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
Incidentally, the court had refused to take cognizance of the Delhi Police’s 1,200-page charge sheet, citing the absence of approval from the competent authority (i.e., the Delhi government).
In a move that could lead to another flare up between the AAP government and bureaucrats, Gahlot accused Mendiratta of “insubordination” in the January 21 notice.
The minister sought an explanation from Mendiratta for sending the file to the home department without him first seeing the contents of the file.
The ruling AAP and the Delhi Police have already crossed swords after the court had questioned the cops for the filing of the charge sheet against Kanhaiya without procuring required sanction from authorities.