The Patiala House Court on Wednesday told the Delhi police to obtain sanction for its 2016 JNU case chargesheet from the Delhi government, with the judge adding that the government can't stop the file.
In a quick hearing, the Investigating Officer informed the judge that the Delhi Police hadn't yet been able to get sanction from the Delhi government to file its chargesheet and that they were waiting for the same. The judge then directed the officer to ask the government to expedite the matter, adding that they (the government) can't stop the file. The judge then fixed February 28 as the next date of hearing.
It was on January 14 that the Delhi Police had filed a 1200-page chargesheet in the Patiala House court, carrying in the documentary and electronic evidence in a massive metal box. In the chargesheet, ten persons, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were named as main-accused along with seven others, while 36 persons, incuding Shelha Rashid were named under a list of persons against whom there was insufficient evidence. A few days later, however, the Patiala House Court declined to take cognisance of the chargesheet as the Delhi government hadn't given its sanction. The judge asked the Delhi police why it had filed it without sanction as it didn't have a legal department of its own, with the police responding that the file has been sent but no reply received.
Furthermore, in a sensational development, on January 22, then as-yet unlaunched Republic Bharat accessed for the first time the video evidence of anti-India sloganeering that had taken place in February 2016 at the JNU campus, throwing into sharp relief the extent of the sloganeering. As per the Delhi police, the video evidence had been authenticated by Forensic labs, and statements had been taken from students, security guards and others.
The slogans that could be seen and heard being raised in the videos accessed by Republic Bharat, in the pro-Afzal Guru protest, included: