Published On : Mon, Feb 29th, 2016

Delhi Police say no video evidence of Kanhaiya raising anti-India slogans

Kanhaiya courtNew Delhi/Nagpur: Delhi Police on Monday told the High Court they have no video evidence of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar raising anti India slogans and were relying on three eye witness statements.

This a clear climbdown from the earlier stance of the Delhi Police that they have clear evidence, including video, to implicate Kanhaiya in the sedition case.

Delhi Police said the video they have showed Kanhaiya leading the group, but not of him shouting anti-India slogans.

Kanhaiya’s lawyers then told the court that he was at the location only to oppose any fight between the group organising and the one opposing the campus event in memory of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Refuting the police claims, Kanhaiya said there were other “masked” people who had raised anti-India slogans

The Delhi police counsel later told reporters that they were not relying on the video and that they have evidence to prove that Kanhaiya organised the evidence.

The orders on Kanhaiya’s bail plea has been reserved for March 2.

Kanhaiya, who was arrested on February 12, was in police custody till February 17 and was later remanded in judicial custody till March 2 amid violence at the court premises during the remand proceedings.
He was taken to one-day police custody on February 25 and was thereafter remanded back in judicial custody for two weeks on February 26.

In their status report filed before the high court, police had alleged Kanhaiya had not only participated in the event in JNU campus on February 9 where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised but had “actually organised” the programme.

They had claimed that besides Kanhaiya and other accused, some “foreign elements” were also present during the event and they had covered their faces to hide their identity.