New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing members on Saturday staged a protest near Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in view of the 2016 JNU sedition case.
The protesters raised slogans against the Kejriwal government and demanded that the chief minister grant prosecution sanction in the case.
After tearing down the posters and banners present outside the Chief Minister’s residence, the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists attempted to move past a barricade near Kejriwal’s Flagstaff Road residence. However, they were stopped by the police and many were taken away to a nearby police station from where they were later released.
BJYM’s Delhi unit president Sunil Yadav reportedly said that the AAP government has rejected permission for prosecution of former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the sedition case. He had said, “Kejriwal should clarify if he sides with anti-nationals who raised slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde honge’ in JNU. If he is not, then he should give permission to prosecute the accused in the JNU sedition case of 2016.”
Rejecting reports of ‘speculation’, Kejriwal on Friday noted that the home department of the Delhi government will take an appropriate decision in the sedition case after taking all the facts into consideration.
Earlier, a city court has granted two months to the Delhi Police to secure the requisite sanctions to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and the others in the case. In January this year, police filed a charge sheet in the case. As per the charge sheet, Kumar and former JNU students such as Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were charged for leading a procession and supporting seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.