Delhi police drafts final chargesheet in JNU case, accuses Kanhaiya, Khalid and Anirban of sedition

Delhi police has drafted its final chargesheet in the case of seditious slogans that were raised in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, almost three years ago. Former President of JNU students Union Kanhaiya Kumar along with student leaders Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya have been named as the main accused in the case.

Apart from them, the chargesheet also mentions eight other Kashmiri students. According to sources, two of them are students at JNU, two at Jamia Millia Islamia, one at Aligarh Muslim University, one is a Muradnagar-based doctor and two are students.

Reacting to the development, Kanhaiya Kumar’s lawyer Vrinda Grover reacted saying that it is clearly a politically motivated case as Kanhaiya Kumar is contesting elections. She alleged that it is being done for extraneous political reasons which are an abuse of process and misuse of police in the political arena. Grover said that they had contested right from the beginning that it’s not a case of sedition.

Sources suggests, police acquired information about the eight Kashmiri students after interrogating Khalid and other students. Social media accounts of several students were also scanned, one of them posted a slogan raised at the event on Facebook. Most of these students were asked to mobilise people for the event.

The chargesheet also mentions 32 other students against whom sufficient evidences are not available, this include former JNUSU president Shehla Rashid.

During an event to commemorate terrorist Afzal Guru in early 2016, Anti-national slogans such as “Bharat tere Tukde honge inshallah inshallah” raised at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

According to police, the main charge sheet will comprise around 100 pages and will have forensic reports, statements and technical evidence as annexures.

Following the campus event, a high-level enquiry committee set up by JNU had said in its report that 10-15 “outsiders” who had their faces covered with “cloth/scarf” had raised the slogans. As per the panel, the presence of these “outsiders” was verified by security staff as well as eyewitnesses.