The sanction to prosecute former Jawaharlal Nehru University students in a sedition case has embroiled further into controversy after Delhi Law Minister & Najafgarh MLA Kailash Gahlot sent a notice to state Principal Secretary(Law) AK Mendiratta for clearing the sanction. In the notice the Law Minister told Mendiratta that, no decision can be made to any other department without his approval, as noted by PTI.
Apparently AK Mendiratta had not consulted Kailash Gahlot before sending the department’s view in the case.
Meanwhile on Thursday Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal shared on Twitter, ‘I don’t know if Kanhaiya has committed sedition or not. It is under examination by the law department.“ Taking a dig at PM, Kejriwal lists places where PM Modi has “stalled” sanctions.
मुझे नहीं पता कन्हैया ने देशद्रोह किया है या नहीं, उसकी जाँच क़ानून विभाग कर रहा है।
उधर मोदी जी ने दिल्ली के बच्चों के स्कूल रोके, अस्पताल रोके, CCTV कैमरे रोके, मोहल्ला क्लीनिक रोके, दिल्ली को ठप्प करने की पूरी कोशिश की – क्या ये देशद्रोह नहीं है? https://t.co/kj5H3vbPRs
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 24, 2019
On January 14, Delhi Police had slapped Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and nine others with sedition charges for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans on February 9, 2016. The 10 are accused of carrying out an event at the JNU campus following the hanging of the master behind Parliament-attack of 2001, Afzal Guru.
“If the news is true that a charge sheet has been filed, I would like to thank police and Modi ji. The filing of charge sheet after three years, ahead of elections, clearly shows it to be politically motivated. I trust the judiciary of my country”, Kumar had said in reaction to the charge sheet.
Following this a Delhi Court slammed Delhi Police for filing charge sheet without approval of the legal department.
The police had submitted a 1200-page length chargesheet to the Patiala House court.