Hyderabad, February 29: In an addition to the sedition charges in the JNU row on students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among seven other persons were also unlisted under the charge at the Saroornagar police station in Cyderabad, Telangana on Sunday.
A city based advocate Janardhan Goud filed a plea seeking action for the extended support of the leaders to the Jawaharlal Nehru University students accused of sedition. The other seven accussed include CPI MP D Raja, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, JD(U) MP K C Tyagi, and Congress leaders Ajay Maken and Anand Sharma, JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid. Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid are currently under arrest.
After the plea, the district court ordered the filing of a sedition case against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other political leaders, and said that even after knowing that the Delhi police had registered a case against Jawaharlal Nehru University student Kanhaiya Kumar on the charge of sedition, Rahul Gandhi and the others visited the JNU campus and supported the students, inviting equal liability in the crime. The Saroornagar police filed the FIR under Sections 124 and 124-A of the Indian Penal Code and 156 (iii) of the IPC.
“It's a court-referred case. Legal opinion will be sought,” Inspector S. Lingaiah said. The FIR was registered as per a magisterial order under Section 153(6) of the CrPC directing police to take cognizance of the complaint, Deputy Commissioner Tafseer Iqubal said. The court has posted the matter for hearing on March 4.
In his petition, Goud said Rahul and other leaders, despite being aware that Delhi Police had registered a case against Kanhaiya on charge of sedition had visited JNU campus and knowingly supported them and hence it amounted to sedition.
Goud had filed a complaint in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate on Thursday, seeking its direction to police for registration of a case against Kanhaiya and Khalid for allegedly raising anti-India and pro-Afzal Guru slogan on JNU campus and others.
Responding on the action, JD(U) leader Tyagi said the charge reminded him of “pre-Emergency days”. “Along with Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, we have faced all these charges. This is a government with new ideology and it reminds me of pre-Emergency days,” he said. The issue would definitely be raised in Parliament, Tyagi added. “We will fight it inside and outside Parliament.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be asked for “the definition of national and anti-national”.