Having failed to receive a police verification certificate for his passport from the Delhi Police’s special branch, Umar Khalid, one of the students who was arrested on charges of sedition in 2016, has moved a Delhi court requesting the investigating agency to provide him a police verification certificate. The application was filed before the court on October 6.
Confirming the development, Khalid’s counsel Jawahar Raja said, “We have moved an application before the court as we wanted a no objection certificate (NOC) from police, which is essential for his passport. So far, there is no plan of him moving abroad and he is just making his passport.”
Besides providing details of his education, Khalid, in the five-page application, has stated that police have not filed a chargesheet against him in the last 18 months, and that he has been in Delhi since his arrest. On February 9, 2016, during an event held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), alleged anti-India slogans were raised. Following the incident, police arrested three students — Khalid, the then JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, and Anirban Bhattacharya — on charges of sedition. All three were later granted bail.
Initially, a case under sections 124-A and 34 was registered against them on February 12, 2016, at Vasant Kunj (north) police station. The case was later transferred to the Delhi Police special cell by the then police commissioner B S Bassi. “The special cell team started its investigation after recording the statements of all three arrested students,” said a source familiar with the case.
A high-level enquiry committee, set up by JNU to look into the February 9 event, had said in its report that 10-15 “outsiders”, who had their faces covered with a “cloth/scarf”, were the ones who allegedly raised the slogans. The panel said the presence of these “outsiders” was verified by security staff as well as eyewitnesses.