New Delhi, March 1: The Delhi police had a tough day at the High Court where it opposed the bail plea of JNU student leader Kanaihya Kumar.
Among one of the surprising submissions that the Delhi police made was that it was not relying on the video tape, which allegedly showed Kumar raising anti-national slogans.
This submission is a crucial one and the fate of the case largely lies on the same. When on February 9th an event celebrating the martyrdom of Afzal Guru was held at the JNU, there were allegations that anti-national slogans were being raised.
This led to the circulation of a host of videos which played out in some channels and a lot on the social networking sites. Now the Delhi police almost admits that these tapes were alleged to be doctored.
What exactly is Kanaihya Kumar's offence?
Prima facie it seems like the Delhi police is on a weak footing where the case relating to Kumar is concerned. The submissions to the Delhi High Court, which has reserved its verdict on Kumar's bail plea were not forceful. When the case began the Delhi police slapped sedition charges on Kumar and this led to an uproar with many questioning the need to do so.
The Delhi police, however, argues that they are not letting go off the case. We have just said that we are not relying on the videos. The videos do not show him raising anti national slogans. We have relied on the guards and students at the JNU who have deposed stating that he had in fact raised anti national slogans.
The chargesheet in the case is yet to be filed and sources indicate to OneIndia that the sedition charges may be dropped for want of evidence. Moreover the police also were asked by Justice Prathibha Rani of the High Court yesterday whether they even knew what sedition meant?
The Delhi police also found itself alone during the hearing before the High Court. While they were fighting against the defence, they also had opposition from the Delhi government which did not oppose the bail plea filed by Kumar. The Delhi government in its submission stated that it does not oppose the bail plea and also added that innocents should not be in jail.
Delhi police sources say that the investigations are still on. Kumar was not cooperative. He has maintained that he had not raised anti national slogans and also said that he reached the venue only to ensure that there was no fighting as the atmosphere had turned tense.
When Kumar was shown the videos of the event, he was unable to recognise many people alleged to be raising anti national slogans as their faces were covered.