'Will fight case in court,' says CPI's D Raja after his daughter is charged in JNU sedition case

File photo of D Raja. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 14, 2019, 04.55 PM (IST)

Delhi Police filed sedition charges against former JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Shehla Rashid, seven students from Jammu and Kashmir, and CPI leader D Raja's daughter Aparajita Raja. 

Speaking to ANI, D Raja said they "will fight the case in court". 

"After three years, Delhi Police has filed charge sheet and slapped sedition charges against some students that includes the leader of All India Students Federation (AISF), Kanhaiya Kumar and some other students who belong to our student organisation," Raja said. 

"Even at that time we said that these are politically motivated charges and nobody can accuse AISF for any activity against nation.There's nothing to prove, our students can't indulge in such activities and government can't slap sedition charges on them. We'll fight the case in the court," he added. 

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The students have been accused of organising an event — where "anti-national" slogans were allegedly raised — at JNU in February 2016 to mark the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. 

The charge sheet filed by Delhi Police on Monday is 1,200 pages long. A Patiala House court will consider the charge sheet tomorrow. 

The chargesheet has been filed under IPC section 124A (sedition), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149 (unlawful assembly with common object), 147 (rioting),  and1 20B (criminal conspiracy). 

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Aparajita Raja and other students have been accused of organising an event at JNU in February 2016 to mark the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. 'Anti-national' slogans were allegedly raised at the event.