HC to Delhi Police- “Do You Even Know What Sedition Is?”
The Delhi High Court has today reserved the verdict on JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea for 2nd March. The order will be pronounced by Justice Pratibha Rani, before whom the Delhi police had claimed that they have witnesses who have identified Kanhaiya and others raising anti-India slogans.
However, Kanhaiya, who is in judicial custody has refuted the charges and submitted through senior advocate Kapil Sibal, that anti-India slogans inside the campus were raised by people with covered face.
Mr. Sibal while defending Mr. Kumar had questioned the conduct of the Delhi police on registering the FIR on the basis of a TV video. He asked why the FIR was not registered on that day itself if Kanhaiya and others had raised anti-India slogans as police personnel were present in plain cloths during the event and had witnessed the incident.
Meanwhile the Delhi police accepted that there was no video footage available for their claim. When the court found out that the whole brouhaha raised was based on some TV footages alone, it came heavily on the police and asked whether they even know what sedition even means.
Mr. Sibal also told the court that the application for organising the event in question was filed by Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, also accused in the case and are presently undergoing custodial interrogation. Sibal, who was assisted by another senior advocate Rebeca John, submitted that the court can itself find from the video that Kanhaiya himself was seen asking people with muffled face, also accused of raising anti-India slogans, for their identity cards.