New Delhi: Terming the case of ‘sedition’ filed against Kanhaiya Kumar and others as ‘laughable’, senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that filing a 1200 page charge sheet in the case after three years raises a question mark on the intentions of the government.
He called for a debate on section 124 A finding a place in a Democratic Republic.
In a series of tweets, Mr Chidambaram said,’’the sedition case filed against Kanhaiya Kumar and other is laughable.
If it takes three years and 1200 pages in filing a case of sedition (on the basis of a public speech), then this alone raises a question mark on the intention of the government.’’
He wondered how many members of the probe team were conversant of the section 124 A of the Indian penal code.
‘I wonder how many of the members of the probe team are aware of sections 124 A and the law based on this. There should be a serious debate on section 124 A finding a place in a Democratic Republic.’’
Delhi Police on Monday filed a charge sheet against three JNU students, including former JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with the sedition case for raking up a massive storm three years ago by allegedly raising ‘anti-India’ slogans.
Police has filed charge sheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Syed Umar Khalid apart from seven other Kashmiri residents Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayees Rasool, Basharat Ali and Khalid Bashir Bhat.
The Police is identifying the other protesters and for that had to glean through social media posts of Kashmiris to trace the remaining accused.
A protest was held in JNU on February 9, 2016 against death sentence given to Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat during which ‘anti-national’ slogans were raised.