Delhi Police on Tuesday (February 18) named Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam in its charge sheet on violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act at New Friends Colony near Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15. A city court has sent him to judicial custody till March 3.
The charge sheet, in which Imam has been named as instigator of the violence, was presented before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur. It said it has attached CCTV footage, call detail records and statements of over 100 witnesses as evidence in the charge sheet.
Imam was arrested on sedition charges on January 28 for delivering a provocative speech in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus on January 16. In a video of his speech, the research scholar was purportedly heard speaking about “cutting off” Assam and the northeast from the rest of India.
The court had on Monday sent Imam to one-day custody of Delhi Police in the sedition case. Protesters had torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends Colony during the demonstration on December 15, leaving nearly 60 people including students, police personnel and fire fighters injured.
(With inputs from agencies)