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BJP writes to EC against dropping sedition charges

Meerut z Appeals to chief electoral officer to nullify order.

A day after UP police withdrew sedition charges slapped on a group of “unidentified” Kashmiri students of Swami Vivekananda Subharti University (SVSU) in Meerut, state BJP president sent a letter Friday to Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha seeking intervention into the matter and alleging that the UP government’s decision was violation of model code of conduct. 

Following Laxmikant Bajpai’s letter, Sinha told The Indian Express that he has sought a joint report on the matter from the District Magistrate and SSP of Meerut.

Bajapi, in the letter, has said no person could be given any kind of relief when the model code of conduct is effective.

Bajpai also said raising “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans in India is a serious case of sedition and the state government’s decision to withdraw the charges when the inquiry had started, is akin to “luring” during the Lok Sabha elections.

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Bajpai appealed to the CEO to nullify the state government’s order and issue directives for necessary action in the FIR.

Bajpai told The Indian Express: “I am sending a copy of the complaint letter to party national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who will forward the complaint to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).”

Bajpai has also attached the copy of university vice-chancellor’s office order suspending the students and their removal from the hostel.

V-C Manzoor Ahmed, in the letter, has said “he had received reports from the wardens, security and faculty members about the matter of indiscipline, misbehaviour, anti-national, anti-social and anti-institutional behaviour of a section of students while watching the cricket match between India and Pakistan in Asia Cup Cricket Tournament on March 2”.

The V-C also said a section of students also raised pro-Pakistan slogans during and after the match and indulged in unruly behaviour, broke window panes of the hostel building, destroyed furniture and pulled down the badminton court poles.

The VC, in his office order, had termed these action of the students as “anti-national”.

Meerut SSP Onkar Singh had Thursday said the charge under section 124-A (sedition) was dropped after the investigating officer found no evidence corroborating the offence.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had tweeted he would talk to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav about it and had tweeted again thanking Akhilesh for withdrawal of sedition charges.

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