Sedition case: Cops list 10 witnesses
Police Cite Forensic Evidence Of Clip On ‘Anti-National’ Slogans At JNU
New Delhi: The city police is all set to file a chargesheet against 10 people, including, former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Syed Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in a sedition case.
The police report cites forensic evidence of video footage to confirm that slogans like “Bharat tere tukde honge, inshallah inshallah” were raised at the university, where over 50 people had gathered nearly three years ago to protest against the capital punishment awarded by the Supreme Court to Parliament attack conspirator Afzal Guru.
The special cell has also named 36 others as accused in column number 12 of the chargesheet. This means that they are accused of being involved in the crime but police could not gather evidence against them.
There are around 10 eyewitnesses listed by the police and a few of them have recorded their statements under 164 CrPC before a magistrate too, said a source. The final report will be filed under section 124-A (sedition) apart from unlawful assembly and rioting, which are covered under sections 147 and 149 of the IPC.
TOI had reported in September that the the police had evidence against three JNU students and around nine Kashmiri youths but there had been a mysterious delay of over 900 days in filing of the chargesheet. Police took the help of video footage, cited as authentic by the forensic lab, and used it to identify the accused. One video showed a masked, bald Kashmiri man raising anti-national slogans.
The accused were also identified through Facebook data analysis and electronic surveillance, which corroborated their location on February 9, 2016 to be JNU. Some JNU staffers and security men have also been listed as witnesses in the case. The police are banking heavily on those who have given their statement under 164 CrPc. This means they cannot retract from their version and any discrepancy can lead to prosecution for perjury.
Police arrest then JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar; others, including Umar Khalid, ‘abscond’Cops identify students Banojyotsna Lahiri, Anirban Bhattacharya, Riyazul Haq, Rubina Saifi, Rama Naga, Komal, Anand and others as co-accusedJNU students protest against the FIR, police actionA group of lawyers and others run amok at Patiala House Courts during Kanhaiya’s appearance; Kanhaiya is attacked but saved by the policePolice arrest Umar Khalid and Anirban after they return to campus to surrenderSedition case transferred to Special CellKanhaiya gets bail after furnishing bail bond of Rs 10,000 in the Delhi high courtUmar and Anirban granted interim bail of six monthsForensic examination of the video clip procured by police from a TV channel shows it was not tampered with; Four clips termed as genuineFive Kashmiri youths asked to join probeCops quiz three Kashmiri youths, including two JNU studentsPolice summon 31 JNU students for questioning