New Delhi: On Monday, a chargesheet was filed against former student union leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and eight others for allegedly holding an "anti-national" event at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi in February 2016.

The police said that they have evidence to proceed against former JNU Students' Union leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven students from Jammu and Kashmir - Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rassol, Bashir Bhat and Basharat.

They have been accused of organising an event on the college campus against the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. Their arrests then had triggered a huge controversy with the opposition slamming the police for "working at the behest of the ruling BJP".

Reacting to the 1,200-page chargesheet, Kanhaiya Kumar said it is "politically motivated". "When the magisterial inquiry was done, it was concluded that no JNU student was involved. I want to say, the police has filed a chargesheet after three years. We thank them", said the former student leader.

Umar Khalid denied the allegations against him. "The government is trying to divert attention and change the narrative in an election year to hide their failure. We will fight the case and prove our innocence", said  Mr Khalid.

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