Ti­wari slams govt stand in JNU sedi­tion case

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New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari on Fri­day said that AAP gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to not give pros­e­cu­tion sanc­tion to the po­lice in the JNU sedi­tion case was “highly con­demnable”.

Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, how­ever, said ear­lier in the day that his gov­ern­ment had not taken any de­ci­sion in the case and the home de­part­ment was work­ing on it on the ba­sis of ev­i­dence and records placed be­fore it by the po­lice.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence sport­ing black arm­bands as a sign of protest, Ti­wari al­leged that the de­ci­sions im­plied that Ke­jri­wal con­sid­ered the “anti-na­tional slo­gans” raised dur­ing an event to com­mem­o­rate the death an­niver­sary of ter­ror­ist Afzal Guru on the JNU cam­pus in Fe­bru­ary 2016 were rather “pa­tri­otic”.

“If an elected gov­ern­ment sup­ports the slo­gans that were raised on the uni­ver­sity cam­pus and thinks that it does not in­volve any pun­ish­ment, then it means the gov­ern­ment finds them pa­tri­otic. The BJP con­demns this stand of AAP,” Ti­wari said, adding that his of­fice was ob­serv­ing the day as ‘Black Day’.

Delhi gov­ern­ment sources on Thurs­day had told TOI that the AAP gov­ern­ment was go­ing to refuse pros­e­cu­tion sanc­tion to po­lice against for­mer JNU stu­dents’ union pres­i­dent Kan­haiya Ku­mar and nine oth­ers in the sedi­tion case.

Ti­wari al­leged that that by not al­low­ing Delhi Po­lice to pros­e­cute the ac­cused, AAP gov­ern­ment was cre­at­ing an ob­sta­cle in the way of jus­tice. “The po­lice have in­ves­ti­gated the case and filed chargeshee­ts while the court will eval­u­ate the ev­i­dence. Why is the Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing a hin­drance,” the Delhi BJP chief said, adding that his party would soon launch an ag­i­ta­tion across the city to con­demn the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion.

Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Delhi Assem­bly, Vi­jen­der Gupta, also said that by deny­ing the per­mis­sion to pros­e­cute, Ke­jri­wal was not let­ting the law take its own course. Gupta said that AAP gov­ern­ment sat on the file sent by the po­lice for nine months and when­ever he tried to raise the is­sue on the floor of the House, he was mar­shalled out.

Speak­ing to re­porters on Fri­day morn­ing, Ke­jri­wal said the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s home de­part­ment will take ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sions af­ter tak­ing all in­for­ma­tion into con­sid­er­a­tion and re­ports that ap­peared in the me­dia were a mere “spec­u­la­tion”.

“There will be no po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence or any pres­sure from the AAP dis­pen­sa­tion in the case,” the chief min­is­ter said. “Who­ever is the com­pe­tent au­thor­ity in the home de­part­ment will take a fi­nal de­ci­sion on it and it will be put be­fore the court.”

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