New Delhi :
Calling for political debate, Sedition charges were laid on Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ajay Maken, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) Spokesperson KC Tyagi, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and JNU research scholar Umar Khalid under Section 124 A after a FIR was registered in Saroornagar PS, Cyberabad.
The FIR was registered by noted lawyer Janardhan Goud following protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University which triggered anti-national debates in the entire country.
Goud in his petition said that 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".
The case was filed in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate here 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 slogans on JNU campus and others.
According to Saroornagar Police Station Inspector S Lingaiah, "It is a court-referred matter. Following the court's directive, a case under section 124A of the IPC (sedition) has been registered on Sunday against nine persons, including Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Sitaram Yechury, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others."
Notably, Section 124 A deals with sedition charges. The court has posted the matter for hearing on March 4.
Meanwhile, Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail hearing is going to continue today. The Delhi High Court is likely to resume today hearing on a bail plea of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a sedition case for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the university campus.