New Delhi: A day after the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government gave go-ahead to the city police to prosecute former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with 2016 sedition case, singer and music director Vishal Dadlani hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), terming the move ‘plain wrong’. Notably, Dadlani has strongly supported the AAP in the recently-concluded Delhi Assembly election 2020. Also Read - Kanhaiya Kumar 'Welcomes' Delhi Govt's Prosecution Nod, Says 'Ensure Speedy Trial in Court of Law'
“AAP started out as people criticising a government that was wrong. Most AAP supporters are still those people, & still do exactly the same. Some of us, at great risk. We also despise the political tradition of trading right and wrong for votes/image/gain. This is plain wrong”, tweeted the music composer, expressing his dissent. Also Read - 2016 JNU Sedition Case: Delhi Government Gives Nod to Prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid
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Earlier on Friday, AAP MLA and spokesperson Raghav Chadha said the Law Department of the Delhi government has given its opinion on this matter to the Home Department after due diligence. Besides Kanhaiya Kumar, other former JNU students like –Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Mujeeb Gattoo, Khalid Bhat, former Jamia Milia Islamia students Umair Gul, journalist Basharat Ali will face trial in connection with a four-year-old sedition case.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari welcomed the development, but said the Kejriwal government perhaps gave the approval in view of the “current political situation”. The BJP has been alleging that the AAP government was stonewalling the proceedings in the case by not granting its approval to prosecute Kanhaiya and others.
Reacting to the move, Kanhaiya Kumar tweeted, “Fast-track court and quick action is required in the sedition case so that the country gets to know how the sedition law was misused in this entire case for political benefits.”
“Thank you to Delhi government for giving permission for the sedition case,” he wrote on the microblogging site while urging the Delhi Police and government officials to take this case seriously and ensure justice.
Umar Khalid also tweeted his and Anirban Bhattacharya’s joint statement. “The news of the Delhi government granting sanction to sedition case against us doesn’t trouble us at all. We are confident of our innocence, have full faith in the judiciary and have ourselves been demanding the case against us to be tried in the courts. The ensuing trial will vindicate us and prove that the media trial at the behest of the ruling regime was false, malicious and politically motivated. We have lived under the shadow of these false charges for far too long. Finally, ‘sab doodh ka doodh aur paani ka paani hoga’ (everything will become clear) !” he said in a series of tweets.
Last year, the Delhi police had filed the charge sheet against Kanhaiya Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans at an event in February 2016.