New Delhi:  Patiala House Court on Saturday reprimanded Delhi Police for filing chargesheet without getting the requisite sanction in 2016 JNU sedition case.  “You don’t have approval from the legal department, why did you file chargesheet without approval?,” the Delhi Court asked. In response, the Delhi police assured Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat that they will get the sanction approved in 10 days.  The court is likely to resume hearing on the matter soon.

On January 14, the Delhi Police special cell had filed the chargesheet in the sedition case against Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and others. The 1,200-page chargesheet was filed under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 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).

Others named in the chargesheet are – Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat.  Besides, 36 others, including Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja’s daughter Aprajita, Shehla Rashid (then vice-president of the JNUSU), Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Banojyotsna Lahiri have been named in column 12 of the chargesheet due to insufficient evidence against them, police sources said.

On February 9, 2016, ‘anti-national’ slogans were allegedly raised in JNU campus during a programme called to protest against the death sentence handed out to Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2002 Parliament attack. The Delhi Police had reportedly used video footage and other documents to support their points in the charge sheet, which has been filed almost after three years the incident took place.