Will sedition charge against JNU student leader Kumar stand?

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New Delhi, Feb 17: The Delhi police has repeatedly claimed that it has enough evidence to prove the sedition charges against JNU Student leader, Kanaihya Kumar.

The junior home minister, Kiran Rijiju says that material evidence will be produced soon to substantiate the charges of sedition against Kumar.

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Many would say that while action has to be taken against those students if they have indulged in anti national activities, others contend that the Delhi police may have jumped the gun in slapping sedition charges.

A preliminary report of the Delhi police does not make a mention of the videos they claim to have of the event where anti national slogans were shouted.

The reliance is on a clip circulating on the social media which has a speech of Kumar where no anti national remarks had been made.

Can Delhi police sustain the sedition charge?

There is a very poor record in the country where sedition charges are concerned. More often than not they are dropped or have been thrown out by the courts.

The law relating to sedition is very clear. The Supreme Court has said that sedition charges would stand the test of judicial scrutiny if sloganeering against India leads to mob violence.

However, in this case it would all depend on what kind of proof the Delhi police have against Kumar. An intelligence bureau report states that two unions the Democratic Students Union and the Democratic Students Front were in fact reactive and also indulged in anti national activities. However the report is silent about the role of Kumar in shouting out anti national slogans.

The other theory that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba was behind this protest is also gradually losing steam. A tweet supporting the event posted under the handle of Hafiz Saeed has been declared fake.

Someone had created this account and after posting a message took down the same immediately.

Delhi police still confident:

The Delhi police however say that they are confident about their case. We cannot put out all details in the initial report, a senior officer informed OneIndia.

Further the police also say that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba connection is not based on the tweet. There are other aspects that we are probing into.

There will be material evidence produced before the court and we are confident of sustaining the charges of sedition, the officer also added.

Delhi police commissioner, B S Bassi continued to maintain that they have enough evidence. We cannot discuss the evidence with the media. We will produce it before the court, he also said.

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