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JNU Sedition Case: Chargesheet Filed in a 'Secretive Manner', Says Delhi Govt

The AAP government told the court that it would take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU students' union president, Kanhaiya Kumar.

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday told a court that police filed the chargesheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case in a “hasty” and “secretive manner” and that it will take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar in the case.

The AAP government made the submission to chief metropolitan magistrate Deepak Sherawat

It accused the police of filing the chargesheet secretly and in a hasty manner without obtaining the required sanction from the competent authority.

The court had earlier directed the state government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame.

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DCP of special cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had told the court that the agency has requested the Delhi government. He said a chargesheet can be filed without seeking sanction, which is an administrative process.

On January 14, police filed a chargesheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and had supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.