In what appears to be an open support to those who had voiced anti-national sentiments in JNU in 2016, the Congress has decided to do away with the sedition law once it comes to power, say top sources.
Republic Media Network has accessed details of what is likely to be included in the manifesto of Congress for the Lok Sabha 2019 polls. As per top sources. the party has promised to do away with the sedition law if it is voted to power in its manifesto.
The supposed move by Congress comes less than two months since the Delhi Police named those accused in the 2016 JNU case in a chargesheet.
Almost three years after the events unfolded at the JNU, following the hanging of Afzal Guru for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack, the Delhi Police had in January 2019 named Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya as main-accused in the 2016 JNU sedition case, along with seven other Kashmir residents from JNU, Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia.
A further 36 people, including Shehla Rashid and Aparajita, daughter of D Raja, were named in the Column 12, which means the cops find them as accused but without strong evidence against them.
Confirming that the party wanting to have an agenda in its manifesto to do away with Sedition law, former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said, "I am very the happiest person. This is what I personally also wanted."