Have prima facie evidence against Kanhaiya proving sedition: Delhi Police

New Delhi, Feb. 24 (ANI): With the High Court agreeing to give Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s custody for further interrogation and deferring his bail plea, the counsel for the Delhi Police today said that they have enough evidence proving that he was involved in ‘seditious’ activities.

“We told the court that we would like to exercise our right to interrogate him again in custody in view that more accused have been arrested and the court has permitted us. In the status report, we have narrated the incidents and how the offence was committed. We presented the relevant evidences in the case and the court will consider it. Our status report runs into 13 pages. We will file a fresh report in the next hearing,” Special Public Prosecutor for Delhi Police, Shailendra Babbar, told ANI here.

He added that they have enough prima facie evidence against Kanhaiya in the investigation that has been conducted so far.

“We have enough evidence to prove that the act of sedition happened and accused Kanhaiya was also involved,” Babbar added.

According to the latest status report filed by the Delhi Police, Kanhaiya ‘actively’ participated in the ‘unlawful’ assembly in which ‘anti-national’ slogans were raised.

The police state that they are not only dependent on the video footage but have other evidence, including eye witnesses, to prove the charges of ‘sedition’.

The Delhi High Court earlier today deferred the hearing on Kanhaiya’s bail plea to February 29.

During the hearing, the High Court observed that safety must be ensured during the proceedings to Kanhaiya and another JNU student Umar Khalid, who have been booked on charges of sedition.

The Delhi Police told the court that they need Kanhaiya’s remand in order to confront him with the other ‘accused’. The High Court said it is the statutory right of the investigating agency at this stage to ask for a remand.

The Delhi High Court will give its directions regarding the location at which Umar and another JNU student Anirban Bhhatacharya will be produced after consulting with the concerned department.

Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case on February 12 after an event held at the JNU campus against the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. (ANI)

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