In February 2016, the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University campus was in the eye of the storm after students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar along with several others raised slogans of sedition in an event to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru and now 3 years later, Delhi police lodged a charge sheet in the case.
10 people including the trio of Khalid, Kumar and Bhattacharya were charged with sedition under sec 124 A of the IPC. Other charges that were leveled against them included forgery, unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal conspiracy.
Delhi police filed a 12,000 page chargesheet which said that all the footage obtained during the investigations were genuine. The document also reveals that no permission was granted for the event and that several anti-India slogans were raised inside JNU.
Reacting to the charge sheet filed against him, former student union president Kanhaiya Kumar called it as a political stunt He said that the charge sheet was filed only because the elections were nearing. others such as Umar Khalid and Anirban issued a statement on social media and vowed to fight the charges legally until they are proved innocent.
Congress slammed the Centre over the JNU chargesheet. Congress claims that chargesheet was filed to distract attention from the issues such as Jobs, agrarian distress & economic mismanagement. Left leader D Raja backed the AISF claiming that the students did not indulge in any anti-national activity and said that they would fight the case in court.
In the meanwhile, ABVP has claimed the charge sheet was a victory for them, adding that this will now rest the claims made by political parties such as Congress and the AAP.