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Delhi Court takes cognizance of chargesheet in JNU sedition case

A Delhi Court on Monday took cognizance of the Delhi Police charge sheet in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case in which Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and others are implicated.

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Patiala House Court summoned all accused persons on March 15.

Apart from Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, the charge sheet has named student Anirban Bhattacharya and seven others for allegedly raising “anti-national” slogans at the JNU campus on February 2, 2016. They are booked for commission of offences under Sections 124A,143, 465, 471,147,149,120B and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The charge sheet in the case was filed by the Delhi Police on January 14, 2019. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had, however, refused to take cognizance of the charge sheet due to absence of sanction from the Delhi government.

The Delhi Police claims to have based its findings based on documentary evidence, CCTV footage, and eye-witness accounts of approximately 90 persons.

Kanhaiya was granted interim bail by the Delhi High Court in the matter in March 2016, almost three weeks after being arrested on charges of sedition. Soon after, an Additional Sessions Judge granted interim bail to Khalid and Bhattacharya in the case.


Via Bar & Bench
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