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The Delhi government on Friday, granted sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case.

The Delhi Police Special Cell on February 19 wrote to the Delhi Home Secretary requesting to "expedite" the process of grant of sanction in the JNU sedition case involving former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.

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In a letter written by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha to the Deputy Secretary, Home, he said, "It is therefore requested to expedite the process to accord prosecution sanction under Section 196 CrPC as required for offence under Chapter VI of the IPC i.e. Section 124A IPC."

A Delhi court had asked the Delhi government to file a status report relating to the issue of pendency of sanction in the JNU sedition case to prosecute student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purshottam Pathak has also directed Delhi Police to send a reminder to the government. "A new government has been formed, send a reminder," the judge said. The court has now kept the matter for hearing on April 3.

On the previous date of hearing, the Arvind Kejriwal government had informed the court that no decision had been taken yet. The reply also states that the file is pending before the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who is also handling the Home portfolio. The public prosecutor has filed a reply by submitting a letter in the court.

Kanhaiya Kumar reaction

Taking to Twitter, Kanhaiya Kumar wrote, "The need for fast track courts and speedy action in the sedition case is so that the country can know how the sedition law has been misused in this entire case for political gains and to divert people from their basic issues." 

Kanhaiya Kumar

"Thank you for granting permission for the Sedition Case to the Government of Delhi. Delhi Police and government officials are urged to take this case seriously, speedy trial in the fast track court and ensure justice in the court of law instead of 'your court' with TV. Satyameva Jayate." 

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JNU sedition case

Indian student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar

Indian student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar (C) addresses students and activists at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on March 3, 2016. Indian student leader Kanhaiya Kumar walked out of prison on March 3, nearly three weeks after he was arrested on a controversial sedition charge that sparked major protests and a nationwide debate over free speech.CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images

On February 9, 2016, "anti-national" slogans were allegedly raised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus during a programme called to protest against the death sentence handed out to Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2002 Parliament attack.

The 1,200-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch names 10 JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students, as the main accused in the case.

The charge sheet says the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) retrieved the SMS sent by Umar Khalid to Kanhaiya Kumar to arrive at Sabarmati Dhaba, JNU, as their permission (to hold the protest) had been cancelled by the University administration.

The final pages of the charge sheet also confirm the presence of Kashmiri students during the protest and that they were in contact with Umar Khalid.