JNU row: Delhi HC dismisses ‘premature’ petition seeking NIA probe

"It is an inicident of February 9. Delhi Police is probing the matter. Let the police investigate first. We cannot step in unless necessary," a bench of Justice Manmohan said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2016 2:55 am
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The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a NIA probe in the JNU sedition case — in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised — saying the plea was “premature” as the police are already investigating the matter.

“It is an incident of February 9. Delhi Police is probing the matter. Let the police investigate first. We cannot step in unless necessary. The present writ petition is premature and is dismissed,” a bench of Justice Manmohan ordered. The order comes in the plea filed on Monday soon after a group of men in lawyers’ robes assaulted students and mediapersons in Patiala House courts complex ahead of the hearing in the sedition case against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. The petition had alleged that Delhi Police was not probing the case properly and the matter should be transferred to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“In the present case, the incident has taken place only on February 9, so this court at this stage cannot say that the police is not investigating the matter properly. This court is confident that Delhi Police will investigate all the aspects,” the bench added.

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During the hearing, the counsel, appearing for petitioner Ranjana Agnihotri told the court that this is “a serious and sensitive matter” as anti-India slogans were raised inside the JNU campus. Advocate Hari Shankar Jain, the counsel for the petitioner, argued that sovereignty and integrity of the country were threatened by a few students and people associated with the university and “hostile foreign forces” were “trying to destabilise the country.”

The bench, however, said, “We are not politicians. We just cannot jump into things. The investigation is on. The police, law and order are taken care of by the government and let them do the needful first.” Meanwhile, the counsel for the Centre submitted that it was a fact that anti-national slogans were raised in the university campus but whether there was a “youthful error or any conspiracy” behind it is being investigated by Delhi Police.

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    IML sood
    Feb 16, 2016 at 8:59 am
    Poli ce is on the job and culprits are being arrested and investigated. No need to jump to the conclusion. Anti national activities are to be crushed with iron handThe w Nation has spoken in one voice to condemn these anti national activities except discarded leaders of Cong. CPM,JDU and of course Kujliandparty always trying to jump into muddle to gain publicitywait and see but one thing is clear aStong Present Govt. to slack in its pious duty to save Motherland honour and dignity which used to be compromised earlier.
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      Tony
      Feb 16, 2016 at 11:51 am
      JNU is one of the premier insute of india which in turn holds responsibility of setting good examples to the society.... whatever happened in JNU is in no sense justifiable ... who-so-ever was responsible but.. what happened was WRONG undoubtedly .....
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        Jaipal Singh
        Feb 16, 2016 at 10:20 am
        Indian express solidarity with Anti national.
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          kamath Ramesh
          Feb 16, 2016 at 9:40 am
          If NIA can probe better and complete the case fast why not it be given to NIA. Why we wait till something happen and then involve all world security agencies to solve the case. One thing is to be drilled in the mind of NIA that no innocent is traumatized unnecessarily. Why court has to intervene in such matter. Even govt has no right to decide who has to investigate based on the seriousness of the case?
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            mohan
            Feb 17, 2016 at 5:05 am
            The 3 City States that control the world are sovereign, corporate enies that are NOT part of the countries they are located in and with their own laws They are (1) City of London – design and control Banking and Finance systems (2) Vatican City – Religious and Spiritual Control (3) Washington DC – Political and Military domination (4) The 4th is JNU, Delhi and its students are FREE THINKING independent and autonomous enies, getting generous funds from Indian Union. There is no place for Patriotism and Nationalism. People like Noam Chomsky , Amartya Sen and Salman Rushdie are the Foreign Anti-National Forces. The Benami Media runs to them Every time
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              Narendera
              Feb 16, 2016 at 10:32 am
              I request all READERS to KINDLY read the POEM written by Sh. Yogeshwar which appeared in INDIAN EXPRESS on 15th Feb, 2016 ------- गज़नी का है तुम में खून भरा जो तुम अफज़ल का गुण गाते हों, जिस देश में तुमने जनम लिया उसको दुश्मन बतलाते हो! भाषा की कैसी आज़ादी जो तुम भारत माँ का अपमान करो, अभिव्यक्ति का ये कैसा रूप जो तुम देश की इज़्ज़त नीलाम करो!
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                Narendera
                Feb 16, 2016 at 10:33 am
                गज़नी का है तुम में खून भरा जो तुम अफज़ल का गुण गाते हों, जिस देश में तुमने जनम लिया उसको दुश्मन बतलाते हो! भाषा की कैसी आज़ादी जो तुम भारत माँ का अपमान करो, अभिव्यक्ति का ये कैसा रूप जो तुम देश की इज़्ज़त नीलाम करो! अफज़ल को अगर शहीद कहते हो तो हनुमनथप्पा क्या कहलायेगा, कोई इनके रहनुमाओं का मज़हब मुझको बतलायेगा! अपनी माँ से जंग करके ये कैसी सत्ता पाओगे, जिस देश के तुम गुण गाते हो, वहाँ बस काफिर कहलाओगे! हम तो अफज़ल मारेंगे तुम अफज़ल फिर से पैदा कर लेना, तुम जैसे नपुंसको पे भारी पड़ेगी ये भारत सेना! तुम ललकारो और हम न आये ऐसे े हालात नहीं भारत को बर्बाद करो इतनी भी तुम्हारी औकात नहीं! कलम पकड़ने वाले हाथों को बंदूक उठाना ना पड़ जाए, अफज़ल के लिए लड़ने वाले कहीं हमारे हाथो न मर जाये! भगत सिंह और आज़ाद की इस देश में कमी नहीं, बस इक इंक़लाब होना चाहिए, इस देश को बर्बाद करने वाली हर आवाज दबनी चाहिए! ये देश तुम्हारा है ये देश हमारा है, हम सब इसका सम्मान करें, जिस मिट्टी पे हैं जनम लिया उसपे हम अभिमान करें! जय हिंद ।
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