New Delhi: Former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others chargesheeted in the 2016 JNU sedition case, will face prosecution in a Delhi Court, which has taken cognisance and summoned them to appear in Court on Monday 15 March.
The Delhi Police had received permission to prosecute them last year.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Patiala House Courts) Dr Pankaj Sharma, earlier took cognisance of the chargesheet against Kumar, Syed Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo, Muneeb Hussain Gattoo, Umar Gul, Rayees Rasool, Basharat Ali and Khalid Bashir Bhatt, and said the sanction to prosecute accused persons already has been filed by the Delhi Government’s Home Department on 27 February 2020. After careful perusal of the chargesheet and consideration of the material, all the accused persons have been summoned to face trial through the investigation officer on 15 March 2021.
The police have accused Kumar, along with others named as accused, of leading a procession and raising seditious slogans on the JNU campus on February 9, 2016, at a gathering organised to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The accused face trial under Indian Penal Code Section 124A which covers sedition, Section 323 for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 465 for forgery, 471 for using as genuine a forged document or electronic record, Sections 143, 149 for being a member of an unlawful assembly, Section 147 for rioting and 120B for criminal conspiracy.