The Indian Express had earlier reported that the Delhi government has decided to turn down the Delhi Police request to prosecute Kanhaiya and others, after the home department took a view that the February 9, 2016, event inside the JNU campus does not amount to sedition against the state.
"The time which is being taken to finalise the issue of sanction or otherwise has caused wasted of judicial time as the case had been listed and adjourned repeatedly since the filing of the charge sheet," the court said.
The Home Department is of the view that the activities of the accused, during an event on campus on February 9, 2016, “do not amount to sedition against the State”. The case is scheduled to come up in a city court on September 18.
A Delhi court had granted time till July 23 to the Delhi government after its counsel had said they are looking into the matter with all seriousness, and they needed another month to finalise whether or not to accord sanction for prosecution of former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others under IPC section 124(A) (sedition).
The court granted time to the Delhi government after its counsel said they are looking into the matter with all seriousness, and they need one more month to finalise whether or not to accord sanction to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and others under IPC section 124(A) (sedition).
"The chargesheet was filed secretly and in a hasty manner without sanction from competent authority. Decision on sanction to be taken within one month from receipt of opinion from the GNCTD standing counsel (criminal),” the Delhi government’s counsel said.