JNU sedition case hearing tomorrow

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14 Jan 2019

JNU sedition case: Charge sheet filed against Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid

The Patiala House Court is slated to hear the sedition case involving 10 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students - including former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and ex-student Umar Khalid - on Tuesday.

The development comes after the Delhi Police, on Monday, submitted a 1,200-page charge sheet pertaining to the case, which was registered on the basis that "anti-national" slogans had been raised by the students.

Who are the students who have been charged?

Apart from Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat, and Basharat have been charged by the Delhi Police. 36 others are accused, but there is no direct evidence against them.

Case

The students are facing a truckload of charges

The students are facing a truckload of charges

Reportedly, the 1,200-page charge sheet has been filed under Sections 124A (sedition), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine, forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149 (unlawful assembly with common object), 147(rioting), and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

The police have said that it is based on videos that show that anti-India slogans had been raised.

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Backstory

The JNU sedition case had become a national debate

To refresh your memory, the JNU sedition case became a national debate after it was alleged that anti-national slogans had been raised by JNU students on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in February 2016.

Following the incident, several students including Kumar, Khalid, and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested on charges of sedition.

However, they were later released on bail.

Reactions

How Kanhaiya and Khalid have reacted to the development

How Kanhaiya and Khalid have reacted to the development

Reacting to the development, both Kanhaiya and Khalid have hit out at the government, and have alleged that the case is politically motivated.

Speaking to NDTV, Khalid said that through the case, the government was "trying to divert attention and change the narrative in an election year to hide their failure."

He added that they would fight the case to prove their innocence.

Kanhaiya thanks "Modi ji" for the charge sheet

"If the news is true that a charge sheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi ji. The filing of charge sheet after three years, ahead of elections, clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country," Kanhaiya told news agency ANI.

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What sparked the JNU sedition row?

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What sparked the JNU sedition row?

Asked 2019-01-14 15:53:54 by Shaurya Tata

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In February 2016, JNU students held a protest on their campus to protest against the death penalty given to 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat. The event, which was held despite withdrawal of permission by the administration, saw clashes between several groups. In the chaos, it was alleged that anti-India slogans were raised.

Why had it become a contentious issue?

Asked 2019-01-14 15:53:54 by Anika Yadav

Answered by NewsBytes

Following the event Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested, and Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya later surrendered to the police. The case received widespread media attention, and the use of the colonial-era sedition law in the arrests were criticized as a crackdown on dissent and free speech.

How did political parties react?

Asked 2019-01-14 15:53:54 by Sai Powar

Answered by NewsBytes

The Opposition, particularly the Congress, criticized the police's actions saying it was an attempt by the BJP to push its Hindu nationalist agenda. The BJP, on the other hand, said that anti-India slogans or chants, be it in JNU or any other institution, would not be tolerated as a rule of thumb.

How did the international community react?

Asked 2019-01-14 15:53:54 by Shreyas Dasgupta

Answered by NewsBytes

The international community largely criticized the arrests. Around 500 academics from around the world, including JNU alumni and notable scholars like Noam Chomsky, Orhan Pamuk, Akeel Bilgrami and Sheldon Pollock called the arrests "shameful".

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