New Delhi: In a major development, the Delhi government on Friday finally gave its approval to the Delhi Police to prosecute former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and two others involved in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Also Read - 'Sedition Laws Misused, Govt Should be Questioned,' Kanhaiya Kumar Backs Sharjeel Imam
The two others who will now face trial in the case along with Kanhaiya are former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. Also Read - Sharjeel Imam Arrest: 'His Words More Dangerous Than Kanhaiya Kumar's,' Says Amit Shah
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Notably, the Delhi Police had filed its chargesheet in the case in a Delhi court on January 14. However, it applied to the Delhi government for prosecution sanction just two hours before filing the chargesheet. In the absence of approval from the Delhi government, the court had been deferring taking cognisance of the chargsheet.
The case pertains to alleged anti-national slogans raised by a section of JNU students on February 9, 2016, during a protest on the campus against the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on what was the third anniversary of his hanging. Four days later, the police arrested then-JNUSU president Kanhaiya, triggering massive outrage. Following his arrest, both Umar and Anirban surrendered to the police.
In response to the arrests, student protests took place in various parts of the country. All three were later granted bail.
Kanhaiya Kumar contested 2019 Lok Sabha polls on a Communist Party of India (CPI) from Begusarai in Bihar but was defeated comprehensively by the BJP’s Giriraj Singh.