New Delhi | A court here on Tuesday granted two months to the Delhi police to secure the requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Khurana passed the order after the police sought more time on the ground that no sanction has been received from the authorities concerned.
The court also sought a status report from the deputy commissioner of police on the issue of sanction and posted the matter for further proceedings on September 18.
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During a brief hearing, the police told the court that it has not received any information from the Delhi government’s Home Department regarding the sanction.
On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, including former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, saying they were leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.
The court had earlier also directed the police to ask the authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to secure the sanction needed to prosecute Kumar and other accused in the case.