Kanhaiya "actually organised" the event in JNU, cops tell HC

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New Delhi, Feb 24: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charge, had not only participated in the event where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised in the JNU campus but had "actually organised" the programme, Delhi Police on Wednesday, Feb 24 told the Delhi High Court.

In its 13-page status report filed before Justice Pratibha Rani, the police claimed that besides Kanahiya and other accused persons, some "foreign elements" were also present during the event on February 9 in JNU and they had covered their faces to hide their identity.

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"During the course of the investigation, statements of various eye-witnesses, who were found present on the spot, were recorded. It has come during the course of investigation that accused Kanhaiya, the petitioner herein (for bail), not only participated in the said event but actually organised the same in connivance with other accused persons," the police said in its status report.

It said, "It is pertinent to mention here that shockingly the incident dated February 9 records the presence of foreign (elements) with their mouths covered which sufficiently came during the course of investigation. "The investigation agency is looking for linkage between the petitioner (Kanhaiya), his co-accused and the said foreign elements who were hiding their identity by covering their faces," it said.

While opposing Kanhaiya's bail plea, the police said that it was "an open secret" that the event has ramification not only within India but has "an international impact" as well.

The investigation of the present case is at a stage and in case the liberty of bail is granted to the petitioner, the very line of investigation will be adversely affected, it said.

The status report, which was filed in pursuance to the court's direction, said that the unedited video footage of the incident, which was procured from a private news channel, was "not the footage which is being debated as 'doctored' in various sections including petitioner as alleged by the media".

"But it is a totally different and contemporaneously recorded raw unedited video footage. However, video is not the sole evidence on the basis of which the investigation is proceeding with," it said.

The status report was filed in the court during the hearing on Kanhaiya's bail plea which has now been posted for February 29.

PTI 

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