On Saturday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students ‘ Union slammed the Arvind Kejriwal government for its decision to sanction the prosecution of Kanhaiya Kumar, the former student body president, and nine others in connection with a four-year-old sedition case.
The approval was issued on February 20th by the Delhi Government. It denied the claim by the BJP that the proceedings were delayed in the matter, saying that the Delhi Government “as a matter of policy and as a matter of principle, did not and did not intervene in any of those cases.”
In a tweet, the JNUSU said, “JNUSU opposes AAP. Selling out for short-term political gains is extremely shameful. Cowardice policy doesn’t last. We’re going to be here long after this mass hysteria, supporting bigotry, which is being fuelled by shrewd politicians for electoral gains, ends.” Delhi Police had lodged a charges sheet against Kanhaiya Kumar and others at a city court last year.
It also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya with allegedly raising anti-India slogans to commemorate the hanging of parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru during the event.
The prosecution sanction was granted almost a year after a city court asked the government of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to take a decision within a reasonable timeframe and noted that the delay led to a breach of the proper legal process.
The left-backed All India Students ‘ Association (AISA) called the penalty “unfortunate and condemnable” and alleged that the allegations of sedition were based on “pure political motives.”
Music composer Vishal Dadlani, who was an AAP supporter, was not happy with the growth, either.
“AAP started out as people criticizing a government that was wrong. Many AAP supporters are still those people, and they are still doing exactly the same thing. Some of us are at great risk. They also hate the political tradition of swapping right and wrong for voting/image/gain.