Police to compare Sharjeel's voice with seditious video clips


New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) A Delhi court on Wednesday allowed Delhi Police to collect the voice sample of Sharjeel Imam, a JNU student facing sedition charges, to compare it to the video clips in which he allegedly made seditious and inflammatory speeches.

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police had registered a sedition case against Imam on January 26 for delivering provocative speeches against the proposed National Register for Citizens (NRC) on January 13 after its video went viral.

On the directions of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purushottam Pathak, Imam will be produced at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

While allowing the police's application, the judge also noted their submission that Imam has given "speeches against the government which were uploaded on social media and it wanted to compare his voice with the voice in the video clips."

The police told the court, "To make out an offence under Section 124-A (sedition) of IPC on the ground that the speeches made by the accused spread hatred, it has to be ascertained that the said speeches were made by the accused. For that purpose, it is appropriate that his voice should be compared."

Imam, whose judicial custody was extended on Wednesday, was nabbed from Kako in Bihar's Jehanabad district on January 28 for allegedly making seditious and inflammatory speeches against the proposed NRC.

Following this, he was sent to police custody for five days which was further extended by three days.

On February 6, he was sent to judicial custody for six days and was produced before the court at the end of the remand period on Wednesday.

The Crime Branch had registered a sedition case against him on January 26. Subsequently, he went into hiding as the police launched a manhunt to nab him. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Uttar Pradesh also followed suit and filed cases against him.

In the purported video, Imam could be seen talking about splitting the northeast from India to block the implementation of NRC.



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