Sedition Accused JNU Scholar Sharjeel Arrested

Sharjeel Imam, the research scholar of Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University who is facing sedition charges, was arrested on Tuesday from his hometown in Bihar’s Jehenabad. 

A spate of police cases are registered against Imam after a clip of him allegedly making anti-national comments was widely circulated online.  

His family has denied the allegations of sedition, saying his comments were taken out of context and they had full faith in the court of law.  Appearing before the media earlier today, his mother said he was “not a law-breaker and would surrender to the investigating agencies”.

“Nobody should do anything that is not in the interest of the nation. The accusations and the arrest – the court will decide on the matter,” Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told ANI after the arrest.

A sedition case was registered in Delhi for his alleged call to sever the whole of the northeast from the rest of India after the imposition of the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA. He is also wanted in other states, including Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.


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