Complementing the Sedition charges filed against JNU leaders in New Delhi, Cyberabad police station has embraced the notorious Sedition case against Congress and Left leaders and JNU student leaders in a row, bringing the erstwhile lawmakers what a mistake they have done not repealing the colonial period’s worst law that had sent scores of freedom fighters to prison recurrently and now all non-BJP leaders.
The sedition charges against Congress vice president R Gandhi, CPI’s D Raja, CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, Anand Sharma and JNU student leaders, Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid under section 124 A (sedition) in an FIR was registed by Saroornagar Police Station in Cyberabad, Telangana. Interestingly, the FIR was filed on private individual’s complaint, which may trigger a bigger row over misuse of sedition law in the country.
As Delhi high court will hear Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea tomorrow, with Delhi police appraising the court on progress of its investigation of two other arrested students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who had surrendered before police late on February 23 night.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, defence lawyer of Kanhaiya, had challenged Delhi Police for evidence of any anti-India slogans raised by his client. Kanhaiya was arrested on February 12 in a major police swoop down on JNU campus, triggering international reaction over the harassment meted out to university campuses in India under the BJP rule.
Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi, who will retire on Feb. 29, had earlier stated that Kanhaiya had participated in the event on February 9 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Police even claimed that Kanhaiya had aligned with some “foreign elements” who were also present during the event with their faces covered. “The investigation agency is looking for linkage between the petitioner (Kanhaiya), his co-accused and the said foreign elements who were hiding their identity by covering their faces,” the police pleaded last time opposing Kanhaiya’s bail plea.
While Left leaders and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi were vocal in condemning the police action, Gandhi even questioned the BJP leadership over hijacking the “nationalist” plank. Ironic but Congress, which never raised a finger of sedition against BJP leaders when they led the demolition of Babri Masjid and instead gave them a free hand to claim the nationalist agenda, is realising its mistake in being overtly “tolerant” to these elements in the past.
Now that the BJP is showing its real face, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi himself may end up sharing a cell in Tihar, if nationalists stick to their agenda.