Sharjeel Imam, an activist, was booked under several cases for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). A case of sedition was been lodged against him, following his speech at Aligarh Muslim University and other places.
He was arrested from his hometown Jehanabad in Bihar on January 28.
Imam had done his Masters from IIT-Mumbai before joining JNU to pursue his Ph. D in Historical Studies. Sharjeel triggered a row after a video of him giving a call to split the northeast region from India went viral. Imam was heard saying in an audio clip that Assam should be cut off from the rest of India and taught a lesson, as Bengalis - both Hindus and Muslims - are being killed or put into detention centers.
Police of six states -- Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Manipur -- have booked Sharjeel Imam under the relevant sections of the IPC.
According to legal experts, while Sharjeel acted irresponsibly, no sedition case was made out against him.