New Delhi: Hours after the Delhi government gave a nod to the Delhi Police to prosecute former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case, the Left leader retorted with a sly remark and hoped that his trial is fast-tracked “in a court of law, rather than on television”. Also Read - Delhi Riots Conspiracy Case: Court Grants Bail To Umar Khalid, Asks Him To Install Aarogya Setu App
Kumar, along with former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, has been accused of leading a procession by chanting anti-national slogans in February 2016 during a protest on campus. Also Read - JNU Sedition Case: Court Directs Delhi Police to Give Copies of Chargesheet to Kanhaiya Kumar
Taking the development to Twitter with a touch of sarcasm, Kanhaiya Kumar posted in Hindi, “Thank you to the Delhi government for giving a mission of the sedation case. The Delhi police and the government are urged to take the case seriously now, have a speech trial in the fast track court and ensure justice in the court of law instead of a television show,” ending the tweet with ‘Satyamev Jayate’. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah
In a subsequent tweet, he urged the need for fast track courts and speedy action in the Sedation case so that the country can understand how the sedation law is being misused to divert people’s attention.
Hitting out at the Centre, Kumar said that the sedition law has been wrongfully used for “political gains” to distract the attention from issues that mattered. “It is clear that this matter was created & delayed for political benefit. I want a speedy trial in a fast-track court so that the entire country gets to know how a law like Sedition is being misused,” the JNU alumni-turned politician said speaking to news agency ANI.
Kumar noted that the government has repeatedly delayed the matter from the first time he was contesting elections to now when elections are around the corner in Bihar. Kumar had contested 2019 Lok Sabha polls on a Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket from Begusarai seat of Bihar. However, he was defeated comprehensively by the BJP’s Giriraj Singh.
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 chargesheet.
Kanhaiya and his supporters had allegedly raised 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 eventually granted bail.