T20 World Cup: Judicial Remand of Kashmiri Students in Sedition Case Extended Till 7 Dec

A local Agra court has extended the judicial remand of the three Kashmiri students who were booked on charges of sedition for allegedly sharing anti-national posts on social media after Pakistan’s victory over India at the ICC T20 World Cup till 7 December, Times of India reported.

According to The Indian Express, the trio study at Agra’s Raja Balwant Singh (RBS) Engineering Technical College under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu and Kashmir students, and were arrested on 26 October.

The three Kashmiri students have been identified as Arsheed Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh, and Showkat Ahmed Ganai, as per the media.

On October 26, the trio was booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 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), including the Information Technology Act 66-F (cyberterrorism, an offence that could lead to a life sentence). The next day, they were charged with sedition.

Meanwhile, as per a report by the Times of India, the Allahabad High Court has fixed 10 December as the next date of hearing for the case, which seeks a transfer for Agra to Mathura. After lawyers in Agra had refused to represent the students in the case, Mathura lawyer Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi came forward to represent them.

Chaturvedi is seeking bail for all three students. “It is a question of the image that our country carries internationally of a cultured and law-abiding democracy where no one is punished without being provided the opportunity of being heard,” he told Hindustan Times on October 30.

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