Institutions have been ‘tarnished by anarchy’: Shatrughan on JNU row

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 17:58 IST
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha was expressing his disapproval over the Centre’s treatment of JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and the use of sedition charges.

Firing yet another salvo at the Central government, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday said that institutions and systems of governance have been allowed to be “tarnished by anarchy and police inaction,” and disapproved of sedition charges being filed against a JNU student leader.

Sinha, who has often taken a position at odds with his party’s stand, came out on Wednesday in support of arrested JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar who is facing sedition charges, and called for his release soon.

The MP from Patna Sahib on Thursday said police inaction against assault by several lawyers at a court complex in New Delhi presented a “very poor image” which could have been avoided.

“I am proud of being an Indian, I love and deeply respect my motherland, l have tremendous faith in our Constitution and have great regard for our dashing, dynamic, action hero Prime Minister,” Sinha tweeted

“I also assure everyone that BJP is my first and last party. I am, however, saddened that institutions and systems of governance have been allowed to be tarnished by anarchy and police inaction,” he added.

As the JNU row continues to escalate, the MP said that the pressing of “very serious sedition charges against students, for what might often be overenthusiastic activism in campus, reflected a highly ineffective university administration and overzealous police action”.

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has been charged with sedition for allegedly making anti-India remarks at an event organized by a Leftist student union last week at the varsity campus. There has been widespread outrage against the police action.

“Have heard transcript of speech of Kanhaiya, our Bihar boy president of JNUSU. He has said nothing anti-national or against Constitution,” Sinha wrote on Twitter, the platform which he uses frequently to launch attacks against his party.

The MP on Thursday said that only the courts have the wisdom to decide whether one is guilty or not guilty of something as serious as sedition.

“I firmly believe that any anti-national activity has to be dealt with very firmly. I also believe innocents must be saved and spared,” he said.

He further said the “behaviour of some lawyers friends and inaction of some apparently helpless police personnel presented a very poor image and did not show our government in good light. Wish it could have been avoided.”

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