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JNU Row: No question of clean chit to Kanhaiya, says Bassi

The Police Commissioner said that they, in fact, had evidence against the JNUSU president on the basis of which he was arrested.

Dismissing media reports on a Delhi Police internal report not mentioning Kanhaiya Kumar as raising anti-India slogans, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Wednesday said those pointing fingers at him were ill advised.

Talking to journalists, Mr. Bassi said that they, in fact, had evidence against the JNUSU president on the basis of which he was arrested.

Earlier sources had said the four-page report says Kanhaiya was present at the event, but is silent on him raising slogans, leave alone anti-India slogans. Kanhaiya has been charged with sedition, suggesting he was involved in “anti-national activities.

Police sources had confirmed to The Hindu that such a report had been prepared by the Special Branch but hadn't been submitted to the top brass of the police.

While the purported report talks about police zeroing in on Democratic Student Union's Umar Khalid and others, Mr. Bassi said that investigators have found some outsiders were also involved apart from JNU students.

"JNU authorities are cooperating fully with us, all those who believe in integrity of country is cooperating with investigation," added Mr. Bassi.

Police claimed he had raised anti-India slogans at an > event to discuss the “judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat” in the university.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, on the other hand, alleged that Kumar has been “falsely implicated” and that he is ready to represent him in court.

> Kumar also had support from BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has often taken a position at variance with the party’s stand. “Hope wish and pray that he’s released soon, sooner the better...,” the actor-turned-politician said, adding that Kumar has said nothing anti-national, contradicting his party’s stand on the issue.

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