Eastern Times, New Delhi: The trial of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case will begin on March 15. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Patiala House Court has also summoned all the accused in the case including Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Akib Hussain, Mujib Hussain Gattu, Munib Hussain Gattu, Umar Gul, Rais Rasool, Basarat Ali and Khalid Bashir Bhat on the same day.
On February 9, 2016, the Delhi police had filed a case against chanting “anti-national” slogans by the JNU students on its campus as they protested against the hanging of the Kashmiri separatist Afzal Guru. Cases have been filed against the accused under sections 124A, 143, 465, 471, 147, 149, 120B and 323 of the Indian Penal Code.
It may be mentioned that Kanhaiya Kumar was granted interim bail by the Delhi High Court on March 2016, almost three weeks after his arrest on sedition charges.
Additional Sessions Judge granted interim bail to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya shortly thereafter.
The Delhi Police filed the charge sheet in the court on January 14, 2018 claiming that it was based on evidence, CCTV footage and statements from about 90 eyewitnesses.
On January 19, however, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate refused to start the hearing on the charge sheet as the Delhi government refused to approve the hearing.