Tiwari slams govt stand in JNU sedition case
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.”