PFI case: Charge sheet filed versus 8 for sedition and other

Eight people connected to Popular Front of India, including its trainees’ wing leader K A Rauf Sherif and Kerala reporter Siddique Kappan, were charge-sheeted by Uttar Pradesh authorities’s Special Job Force in a court here for sedition, criminal conspiracy, funding of terror activities and other offences.Five of the implicated– School Front of India’s (CFI) nationwide basic secretary Sherif, CFI national treasurer Atikur Rahman, Delhi CFI general secretary Masud Ahmed, Kappan and Mohammed Alam, who is a member of the CFI and the PFI, were present in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey.Two other implicated– Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan– went to the hearing through video conferencing.”The STF has also filed a charge sheet versus implicated Danish,” district federal government counsel Shiv Ram Singh said.Defence counsel Madhuban Dutt said that the 5000-page charge-sheet has been submitted against the eight implicated and they will consider moving the high court after going through it.The accused have actually been charge-sheeted under Indian Penal Code areas of 153 (A) (Promoting enmity in between different groups on ground of faith, race, birthplace, home, language), 124(A) (sedition), 295 (A) (purposeful and destructive acts, meant to outrage religious sensations …) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), according to the defence counsel.They have actually also been charged with areas 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Avoidance) Act (UAPA) associated to raising funds for terror acts and numerous areas of the IT Act.The court has repaired the next hearing on May 1. Kappan in addition to Rahman, Masud Ahmed and Alam was arrested in October in 2015 while they were heading to Hathras where a 19-year old Dalit woman had allegedly been gang-raped and murdered.The Enforcement Directorate had in February submitted its first charge- sheet against the PFI members on money laundering charges, declaring they wished to “prompt common riots and spread horror” in the after-effects of the Hathras gang rape case.

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