Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Saturday lashed out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after his government granted sanction to prosecute former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.
Taking to Twitter, Kashyap said that calling Kejriwal 'spineless' would be a compliment. He wrote, "Mahashay @ArvindKejriwal ji.. aap ko kya kahein .. spineless toh compliment hai .. aap to ho hi nahin .. AAP to hai hi nahin .. कितने में बिके (Kitne mein bikay)?"
Kanhaiya Kumar had earlier "thanked" the Delhi government for granting permission in the 2016 sedition case. He tweeted, "Thank you Government of Delhi for granting permission for the Sedition Case. I urge the Delhi Police and government lawyers to take this case seriously, speedy trial in the fast track court and ensure justice in the court of law instead of 'your court' with TV. Satyameva Jayate.
He added, "The need for fast track courts and speedy action in the sedition case is so that the country can know how the sedition law has been misused in this entire case for political gains and to divert people from their basic issues."
Earlier on Friday, Delhi government granted sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case.
"We have recieved the sanction from the Delhi government to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and others in this case," a senior police officer told IANS.
On February 19, the Delhi Police Special Cell had written to the Delhi Home Secretary to speed up the process. In a letter written by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha said, "It is therefore requested to expedite the process to accord prosecution sanction under Section 196 CrPC as required for offence under Chapter VI of the IPC i.e. Section 124A IPC."
A Delhi court had asked the Delhi government to file a status report relating to the issue of pendency of sanction.
On February 9, 2016, allegedly anti-national slogans were raised in the JNU campus. After which Delhi Police Crime Branch filed a 1,200-page charge sheet which named 10 JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students as the main accused.
(With inputs from IANS)