Kanhaiya Kumar, on Friday, questioned the Delhi government's timing to prosecute him in the JNU sedition case that dates back to 2016. While acknowledging the latest development in his case, the former student union leader said he wants a speedy trial in a fast-track court.
The left leader, who is now active in politics in his home state of Bihar took to Twitter to say it was “clear that the matter (sedition case) was created and delayed for political benefit.”
“It is clear that this matter was created & 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,” Kanhaiya’s tweet said.
As per a government official, the prosecution wing of the home department of Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government took the decision to prosecute Kanhaiya after analyzing the matter.
In 2016, Kumar was accused of raising alleged “anti-national” slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on February 9. The alleged slogans were used during a protest action against the death sentence handed out to Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2001 Parliament attack case.
On January 14, 2019, the Delhi Police filed a charge sheet with names of 10 JNU students-- Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students-- among the accused.
Kanhaiya feels the timing of the sedition case that has been pending ever since for want of a sanction from the state government- a mandatory process, is curious given that the Bihar assembly elections are just months away.
“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 NDA govt in Bihar, the state govt has passed a resolution in the assembly against NRC-NPR,” he said.