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.