On Sunday 28 Feb, Saroornagar Police officials told that the congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Marxist party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury are among nine others who have been booked on sedition charges in connection with the JNU ruckus.
Reportedly, based on complaint filed by advocate Janardhan Gaud, an FIR has been registered against Rahul, Kejriwal, Yechury, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ajay Maken, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) Spokesman KC Tyagi, Kanhaiya Kumar (JNUSU president ) and Umar Khalid (JNU research scholar) on the order of a court in the LB Nagar.
Saroornagar Police Inspector, S Lingaiah told sources :
“It’s a court-referred matter. Following the court’s directive, a case under section 124A of the IPC (sedition) has been registered yesterday against nine persons, including Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Sitaram Yechury, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others”
However, Lingaiah told that it was compulsory to book the case since it was referred by the court, but the investigations will proceed after consulting a legal opinion.
“Incident occurred in JNU in Delhi and it does not come under our jurisdiction, hence, we will take legal opinion before starting investigation”
According to sources, Gaud had accused Rahul, Kejriwal and others leaders for visiting JNU campus and intentionally supporting them, despite being aware that the police had already registered a case against Kanaiya on the charge of sedation. Mr. Gaud had also submitted some CD’S of videos which allegedly shows “anti-national” slogans by JNU students.
Incidentally, both Kanhaiya and Umar, who have been arrested in Delhi, were also booked here on the same charge. Reportedly, Gaud filed a complaint in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate on Thursday against Kanhaiya and Khalid for allegedly raising anti-India and pro-Afzal Guru slogans on JNU campus and others. Gaud said:
“I have every right to question those who are indulging in anti-national activities and also those who are encouraging anti-nationals in the name of solidarity for those who are facing criminal charges under section 124(A) of IPC.”
Meanwhile, the legal experts told sources, that the case cannot proceed due to lack of evidence, and senior police officials asserted that summons or arrests by the Cyberabad police is unlikely.
“Firstly, a case against the JNU student leaders is already being investigated by the Delhi police… Secondly, we need proof against Opposition leaders”
Source: Indian Express