The Delhi government has given sanction to Delhi Police for prosecution of former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid in a UAPA case related to February’s anti-Muslim violence in northeast Delhi that left at least 53 persons dead.
The sanction was given in the riots conspiracy case, in which Khalid was booked under the stringent anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
As the police has received prosecution sanction against Khalid from both the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Home Ministry, it can now name him in their supplementary charge sheet.
To prosecute the accused under Section 13 of the UAPA, the Delhi Police needed the sanction from the MHA and under Sections 16, 17 and 18 from the Delhi government.
Khalid was arrested under the UAPA in a separate case related to the alleged larger conspiracy in connection with the riots in February 2020.
Jawaharlal Nehru University’s students union president Aishe Ghosh termed the move as “betrayal”. She tweeted:
— Aishe (ঐশী) (@aishe_ghosh) November 6, 2020
The decision is seen as AAP government’s departure from its stands on Khalid as AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed his solidarity with him along with Kanhaiya Kumar following a campaign being run by the federal government and the mainstream media against them in 2016.
(With inputs from IANS)