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Charge sheet in sedition case 'politically motivated': Kanhaiya Kumar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former JNUSU and others, named in a charge sheet filed by the in a case on Monday, termed the move as "politically motivated" and questioned its timing, ahead of the

"The charge sheet is politically motivated. However, we want the charges to be framed and a speedy trial in the case so that the truth comes out. We also want to see the videos that have been placed on record as evidence by the police," Kumar told

The also charged former students -- and -- for allegedly shouting anti-slogans during an event organised on (JNU) campus on February 9, 2016 to commemorate the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind

Khalid, who addressed a student gathering at St. in Bangalore on the "role of youth in safeguarding the Constitution", said, "We reject the allegations. The move to file the charge sheet three years after the alleged incident is an attempt to divert the attention (of the people) right before (parliamentary) elections. We will fight it out in court."

Others charged in the case are Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, and Basharat.

As many as 36 others, including Communist Party of (CPI) D Raja's daughter Aprajita, (then vice-of the JNUSU), Rama Naga, and have been named in column 12 of the charge sheet due to insufficient evidence against them, police sources said.

Former Students' Union (JNUSU) Shehla Rashid, who had led the campaign for the release of Kumar and other students, said, "This is a completely bogus case in which ultimately everyone will be acquitted. The timing of the charge sheet right before the elections just reflects how the BJP wants to reap electoral benefits out of this. I was not even on campus on the day of the event."


CPI D said, "It is politically motivated. After three years is filing the charge sheet in the case. We will fight it legally in court and politically outside court."

A case was registered on February 11, 2016 under Sections of 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) police station following complaints by and the ABVP.

The February 9 event happened despite the varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by the ABVP, who had termed it as "anti-national".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:30 IST
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