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Republic IMPACT: Congress Backtracks On Kanhaiya Kumar, Removes 2016 JNU Case Accused From Invite To Mahatma Gandhi Commemoration

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:


  • Hours after Republic TV newsbreak, Congress has backtracked from its decision to invite Kanhaiya Kumar to an event remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 72nd martyrdom
  • The party has removed the name of 2016 JNU Sedition case named Kanhaiya Kumar from the list of panels at the event in a newly released invitation

Hours after Republic TV's sensational newsbreak on Congress endorsing the Tukde Tukde Gang member and named in 2016 JNU Sedition case, Kanhaiya Kumar by inviting him to an event remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 72nd martyrdom, the Rahul Gandhi-led party backtracked from its decision and removed Kumar's name from the invitation.

In the latest invitation to the event, released by the All India Congress Committee, Kanhaiya Kumar's named had been omitted.

Meanwhile, the likes of Congress leaders Priyanka Chaturvedi, Manish Tewari with RJD leader Manoj Jha and professor Apoorvanand are set to be the panellists at the seminar commemorating Mahatma Gandhi.

In the invitation released earlier, the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party had invited Kanhaiya Kumar and Shehla Rashid as speakers at the event. The seminar is going to take place on January 28 in New Delhi. 

READ: Congress Gives Open Endorsement To Those Named In 2016 JNU Sedition Case, Invites Kanhaiya Kumar As Speaker To Event Remembering Mahatma Gandhi's Martyrdom

On January 14, the Delhi Police filed 1200-page chargesheet in the 2016 JNU Sedition case in which Kanhaiya Kumar, along with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were named as main-accused in the case. Along with their names, seven other Kashmir residents from JNU, Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia were also named in the chargesheet. Kanhaiya Kumar and others have been accused in the matter relating to the events of February 9, 2016, when a programme was organised at the JNU premises to protest against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, during which multiple anti-national slogans were raised.

At the time, Kanhaiya Kumar and others had been arrested in the matter and later released on bail by the Delhi High Court. Around 95 witnesses gave their testimonies against the accused.

In the light of 2016 JNU Sedition case, Republic TV had also accessed a total of four videos from the chargesheet which proved that anti-national slogans were indeed raised by the accused at the event

For more details in the 2016 JNU Sedition Case, read here:

READ: 2016 JNU Sedition Case: Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid And 8 Others Named As Main Accused In Delhi Police's 1200-page Chargesheet. Here Are 10 Things You Need To Know