JNU sedition case: HC refuses to direct AAP govt to grant sanction for prosecution of Kanhaiya Kumar
The Delhi High Court has rejected the petition filed for the prosecution of the former JNU student; here’s what the court said.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to direct the AAP government to grant sanction for the prosecution of former JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case.
The decision came on a petition which alleged that Kumar's case highlighted the lackadaisical approach of the government as it has "failed" to grant the sanction letter which is required prior to taking cognisance of the charge sheet.
The plea sought issuance of guidelines "for expeditious disposal of criminal cases of serious nature where there is involvement of the influential persons as accused".
The court, while disposing of the petition, said it appeared that the petitioner, former BJP MLA Nand Kishor Garg, has some personal interest in the FIR.
The police, on January 14, had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, including former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, saying they were leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the university campus during an event on February 9, 2016.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said it cannot pass any direction in this regard and it is for the Delhi government to decide as per existing rules, policy, law and facts of that case on whether to grant approval for prosecution.
On this, the court said it sees no reason to direct the government for such guidelines over and above the existing law.