Jawaharlal Nehru University student Kanhaiya Kumar and others shouted anti-India slogans during a rally against the capital punishment to Kashmiri separatist and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru three years ago, a 1200-page chargesheet filed by Delhi Police on Monday has claimed.
Apart from Kumar, the chargesheet has named nine others, including Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayees Rassol, Bashir Bhat, Basharat.
The police have filed the chargesheet under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 124A 323, 465, 471,143, 149, 147, 120B.
Kanhaiya Kumar, who alongwith Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya was arrested and released for leading the rally in February 2016, claimed that the chargesheet was politically motivated. "If the news is true that a chargesheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi Ji. The filing of chargesheet after 3 years, ahead of elections clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country," said Kanhaiya Kumar.
"After 3 years Delhi Police has filed chargesheet and slapped sedition charges against some students that includes the leader of All India Students Federation (AISF) Kanhaiya Kumar and some other students who belong to our student organisation, Even at that time we said that these are politically motivated charges and nobody can accuse AISF for any activity against nation.There's nothing to prove, our students can't indulge in such activities and government can not slap sedition charges on them. We will fight the case in the court." CPI leader D Raja said.
The Patiala House Court will consider tomorrow the charge sheet filed by police in the case.
A special cell of the Delhi Police has been investigating the case. "The case is in stage of finalisation," Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik said last week. "The investigation was complex as the team also had to visit other states for taking statements," Patnaik added.
(With inputs from agencies)