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No innocent student will be harassed: Rajnath Singh on JNU row

Replying to a day-long debate in the Lok Sabha on the JNU issue, Rajnath Singh said the government had not hand in the action taken against the students.

JNU protests Updated: Feb 24, 2016 23:32 IST
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday assured the Lok Sabha that no innocent student will be harassed amid raging controversy over the JNU issue.

He also said the issue of sedition charge slapped against some students should be left for the courts to decide.

Singh told the House that those found guilty of attacks on media in Patiala House Court will not be spared.

The minister also answered criticism for making a remark that LeT founder Hafiz Sayeed had expressed support to JNU students, saying he never makes any comment which is “baseless or not backed by any direct or indirect evidence”. He, however, refrained from going into details citing confidentiality.

Replying to a day-long debate on the JNU issue, he said the government had not hand in the action taken against the students.

He said police is taking action with regard to allegations that anti-India slogans were chanted there.

“If slapping of sedition charge was right, the court will uphold it, if it was wrong, the court will quash it. But let the court take a view on it,” he said.

At the same time, he said, “Under no circumstances will any innocent student be allowed to be harassed.”

First Published: Feb 24, 2016 23:31 IST