Sedition law being misused, want speedy trial: Kanhaiya Kumar on prosecution order
Hours after the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government gave its nod to prosecute him in connection with a four-year-old sedition case, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday said he wants a speedy trial in a fast-track court so that the entire country gets to know “how a law like sedition is being misused”.
He alleged that the charge sheet was filed deliberately against him at a time when he was about to contest the election in Bihar.
“The charge sheet was filed for the first time when I was about to contest the election and now elections are going to be held in Bihar again. There is National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar and the state government has passed a resolution in the Assembly against National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR),” said Kanhaiya at a press conference.
It is clear that this matter was created and 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,” he said.
Kanhaiya’s statement comes after the Delhi government on Friday gave the go-ahead to the city police to prosecute him and two others involved in the case.
In the charge sheet filed in the court in January this year, the Delhi Police had said that Kanhaiya Kumar and others, including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, led a procession and raised anti-national slogans at an event in the university campus on February 9, 2016.
It said that there was video footage wherein Kanhaiya Kumar is seen leading the students who were raising “anti-national slogans” and that he had been identified by the witnesses in the videos.