‘CAA A Positive Action That Gave Citizenship'
The Times of India Delhi|January 26, 2022
Court Frames Sedition Charges Against Sharjeel
Usha Das

New Delhi: A city court said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) was a “positive action” to provide citizenship to a particular class of people and in no way took away anyone’s citizenship. However, a lot of falsehood and rumours were spread with mischievous intent stating that the Act was against one community and discriminatory in nature.

The observations were made by Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat while framing charges of sedition and other offences against JNU student Sharjeel Imam for allegedly giving inflammatory speeches in Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh during the protests against CAA.

The court further stated that it was correct at one level to say that Imam had lambasted almost every institution, the Constitution and the ideas of democracy and secularism, and the entire polity. “The accused made vituperative utterances against even the Father of the Nation. He seems to be sceptical of the ideas of secularism and democracy,” it said.

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