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JNU sedition case: Court questions Delhi Police for filing charge sheet without procuring requisite sanctions
The police told Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat they will procure the required sanctions within 10 days.
Former IAS officer Shah Faesal said invoking sedition law against Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the JNU case was travesty of free speech.
The panel also concluded that Khalid had refused to stop the event when informed about the withdrawal of permission.
I have known Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirbhan personally. They are nice men, but if they have committed a crime, they should be punished.
Justice Suresh Kait stayed the implementation of the November 13, 2018 circular and sought the response of the varsity on a plea by a teacher challenging the circular.
The JNUSU, released a statement, calling the case bogus and said it stood firmly behind the former student leaders.
The Congress leader also demanded a debate on whether a provision like Section 124A (sedition) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has a place in the laws of a democratic republic.
Questioning the Charge sheet's timing, Kumar also said it was a diversionary ploy by the Modi government to hide its all-round failures.
Following is the chronology of events of the sedition case in which the Delhi police Monday filed a charge sheet against former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others.
The Delhi Police also charged former students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during an event organised on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Anand put up the charge sheet for consideration before a competent court on Tuesday.
'There are attacks on critical thinking which is core to the idea of scientific temper. This is happening in institutes of higher learning like JNU, IIT-Madras and Bombay.'
Atul Johri was arrested in March on allegations of sexual harassment by eight women students.
Kumar and Khalid were arrested in 2016 in a sedition case for allegedly organising an event in Jawaharlal Nehru University campus against the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru.
JNUTA had shared findings of a survey conducted by them among universities across the world to get views on the marking of attendance.