On Tuesday, the government sources said that the Delhi government is seeking legal advice to grant sanction for prosecution in the Jawaharlal Nehru University sedition case.

The Aam Aadmi Party government and Delhi Police traded allegations after the court asked the department for filing a charge sheet in the sedition case against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others without taking the required sanction from authorities.

Former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were accused by the police to shout anti-India slogans during the event to mark the hanging of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

There are certain rules which are laid down by the court for the sanction of prosecution which must be followed, said the Delhi government.

Sources said, “The rules allow three months time to the government for granting sanction. Delhi Police took three years to file the charge sheet. The government must be allowed due diligence and legal advice at its disposal before taking a decision.”

It has been also said that it will be considered to be granted if the government takes more than three-month period to take its decision.

On January 14, the Delhi Police filed a charge sheet in the court saying sanction for prosecution was pending before the government.

The court then questioned the police that “Why did you file (the charge sheet) without approval? You don’t have a legal department.”

The university authorities did not give the permission of the event while Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad called it to be “anti-national”.



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