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    Sedition case: Kashmiri students’ judicial remand extended till Dec 7

     


    Sedition case: Kashmiri students’ judicial remand extended till Dec 7

    Agra, Nov 25: A local court has extended the judicial remand of the three Kashmiri students, booked on the charges of sedition for allegedly sharing provocative posts on their social media account after Pakistan victory over India in a T-20 World Cup cricket match, till December 7.

    The Allahabad high court has, meanwhile, fixed December 10 as the next date of hearing into the students’ petition, seeking transfer of the case from Agra to Mathura. The petition seeking transfer of the case was filed by Mathura-based lawyer Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi raising concerns over the “security” of his clients who were attacked on the court premises, earlier.

    Chaturvedi — also fighting the case of PhD scholar Atiq-ur Rehman, Masood Ahmad and Mohammad Alam, all booked under UAPA Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) after they were arrested alongside journalist Siddique Kappan on their way to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras, who was allegedly gangraped and killed — is defending the Kashmiri students after lawyers in Agra refused to provide legal assistance to them.

    The trio, students at Raja Balwant Singh (RBS) Engineering Technical College under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme for J&K students, was arrested last month.

    On October 26, they were booked under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 505 (1)(B) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public), and 66-F (cyber terrorism, an offence that could lead to a life sentence) of the Information Technology Act for allegedly sending WhatsApp messages against the country. The next day, the sedition charge was added to the FIR lodged against them.–(Agencies)

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