Mathura, Apr 03: Eight folks linked to Popular Front of India, together with its college students” wing chief Okay A Rauf Sherif and Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, have been charge-sheeted by Uttar Pradesh police”s Special Task Force in a court docket right here for sedition, legal conspiracy, funding of terror actions and different offences.
Five of the accused — Campus Front of India”s (CFI) nationwide normal secretary Sherif, CFI nationwide treasurer Atikur Rahman, Delhi CFI normal secretary Masud Ahmed, Kappan and Mohammed Alam, who’s a member of the CFI and the PFI, have been current within the court docket of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey.
Two different accused– Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan — attended the listening to by way of video conferencing.
“The STF has additionally filed a cost sheet against accused Danish,” district authorities counsel Shiv Ram Singh stated.
Defence counsel Madhuban Dutt stated that the 5000-page charge-sheet has been filed against the eight accused and they’ll take into account shifting the excessive court docket after going by way of it.
The accused have been charge-sheeted beneath Indian Penal Code sections of 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between totally different teams on floor of faith, race, homeland, residence, language), 124(A) (sedition), 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, meant to outrage non secular emotions…) and 120(B) (legal conspiracy), in keeping with the defence counsel.
They have additionally been charged with sections 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) associated to elevating funds for terror acts and varied sections of the IT Act.
The court docket has fastened the following listening to on May 1.
Kappan together with Rahman, Masud Ahmed and Alam was arrested in October final yr whereas they have been heading to Hathras the place a 19-year previous Dalit girl had allegedly been gang-raped and murdered.
The Enforcement Directorate had in February filed its first charge- sheet against the PFI members on cash laundering costs, claiming they wished to “incite communal riots and unfold terror” within the aftermath of the Hathras gang rape case.