Left-wing leader Kanhaiya Kumar took a sarcastic blow to the Delhi police tonight, hours after the ruling Aam Aadmi party in the national capital allowed his prosecution in a long-standing raging. When he went to Twitter, Mr. Kumar said “thanks” and asked to speed up his trial “in court instead of one on television”.
The former Jawaharlal Nehru University student is accused of leading a procession that allegedly sang anti-national slogans during an event on campus in February 2016.
“Thank you to the Government of Delhi for giving permission for a riot case. Police and government officials are urged to take this case seriously (and) to try it quickly in a fast-track court to ensure justice in a court rather than a trial on television, “he placed in Hindi, added,”Satyameva Jayate“
Claiming that the inflammatory law had been wrongly used in India for “political gains and to distract people from issues that concerned them,” Mr. Kumar also said that his rapid process would help uncover such issues.
Concern about abuse of the inflammatory law were highlighted in a consultation document in 2018 by the Law Commission, which said criticism of the country could not amount to incitement. It was pointed out that the United Kingdom, which originally introduced the division, had itself abolished such “draconian” laws
Permission to prosecute Mr. Kumar for anti-national slogans was then given the special cell of the Delhi police wrote to the government of Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal expedition requesting last week.
That letter came hours after a court ordered police to send a reminder of the AAP’s decision. The application has been pending since January 14, 2019.
AAP MLA and spokesman Raghav Chadha called the decision a “purely procedural issue” and said that his government would “in principle” not intervene.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari welcomed the decision and also took a swipe at Mr. Kejriwal.
“Taking into account the current political situation, Prime Minister Kejriwal has finally sanctioned Kanhaiya Kumar. We welcome the decision. We demanded (this) … let the law go its own way,” said Mr. Tiwari.
Manoj Tiwari led the BJP’s failed attempt to undo the AAP at the election of the Delhi meeting on the back of a vitriolic campaign that anti-citizenship law called protesters “anti-national” and accused the party of foreclosing people like “Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and other anti-India forces.”
Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others mention a 1200-page cost sheet submitted more than a year ago, including two former JNU students in Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. It claims to have led a procession on the anniversary of the suspension of Parliament’s attack on the Azfal Guru brain and supported the singing of inflammatory slogans during the event.
however, the court refused the cost statement, whereby the police are asked to take the required sanction before continuing. At that time, the court ordered the police to receive a sanction by 6 February 2019.
In the event of non-compliance, the court noted: “Authorities cannot remain in the file indefinitely“The request for sanction has since been processed.
After the court’s reminder last week, Prime Minister Kejriwal said he would ask the Interior Ministry, led by AAP’s Satyender Jain, for an early decision in the case.
A cost statement in a inflammatory case requires permission from the state government. In this case, the Delhi police report to the Interior Ministry of the BJP-led government at the center, a fierce AAP critic in power in the national capital.
Mr. Kumar was arrested in connection with the incitement case on February 12, 2016. He was bailed the following month.
Kanhaiya Kumar, who has emerged as a fierce critic of the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made his election debut in last year’s Lok Sabha election. He challenged from a Bihar’s Begusarai seat on a Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket, but lost to Giriraj Singh of the BJP with more than 4 votes.
With input from PTI, ANI