Won’t arrest DU professor Nandini Sundar without issuing notice in advance, Chhattisgarh govt tells SC

"Won't arrest or interrogate Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, if police want to arrest or interrogate, will give her 4 weeks time," said the government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 15, 2016 3:41 pm
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Hearing Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar’s plea against Chhattisgarh police naming her and 10 others as accused in the murder of a tribal in Sukma district, the Supreme Court Tuesday directed the state government to issue a notice to the accused — four weeks in advance — if it wants to proceed with the case. The apex court recorded the Chhattisgarh government’s statement, that it will not arrest Sundar and others in the case without issuing a notice in advance. “Won’t arrest or interrogate Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, if police want to arrest or interrogate, will give her 4 weeks time,” the government’s counsel informed the bench.

Earlier, refuting charges of murder Nandini Sundar said it was part of the state police’s vendetta against all researchers, journalists, lawyers and activists who have been critical of their fake encounters and mass gang rapes, adding that she would take up the matter legally.

“It’s part of the Chhattisgarh Police’s vendetta against all researchers, journalists, lawyers, activists who have been critical of their fake encounters, their mass gang rapes of women and the complete lawlessness of the police. This FIR against us is absurd. We haven’t even been to the area for five months. We will be taking it up legally,” Sundar told ANI.

Sundar and 10 others have been booked for the murder of a tribal in Sukma. Sundar has been named in a complaint by the wife of Shamnath Baghel, who was killed by Maoists last Friday in his village in Maoist-hit Bastar. Baghel had been leading a campaign against Maoist activities since April and had recently formed the “Tangiya (axe) group”. Baghel and other villagers had in May lodged a complaint against Sundar and others for allegedly inciting tribals against the police.

With inputs from ANI and PTI

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  1. R
    Nov 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm
    This lady needs to be arrested - unless she quits and joins the Maoists in active fighting - that's what she wants them to do, right? March to their deaths for her ideas?! So, why is she exempt?
    1. A
      Nov 15, 2016 at 11:16 am
      Now that one of their own is accused of harming tribals/dalits, the entire cabal is up and case has not only gone to SC, they have even had a hearing, when lakhs of cases end up dragging for decades.
      1. B
        bimal krishna
        Nov 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm
        Encircle her and send to the place where Naxals are confined. It is very shameful on the part of Pseudo academicians who are responsible for inciting poor tribes to take up guns and if they defy their dictates are abducted and mercilessly killed. Fast track prosecution should be tried against her, she may belong to DU with JNU links.
        1. C
          Nov 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm
          Tomorrow, it can be someone close to you also..activism is the course correcting mechanism in a democracy which provides for human rights. All over the world, the executive cannot be trusted for ensuring human rights of the citizens. In fact, the fundamental rights are always vis-vis` the state. The judiciary is supposed to adjudicate between the citizen and the state to ensure the citizen's rights. Therefore, this lady needs to be feted for standing up to the state for the protection of the citizens .
          1. K
            Nov 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm
            Nation must imagine and think sincerely that how much deep influence these professors from DU, JNU, JU have over slots of system, so that they can even earn judgement or even verdict as per their desire. Mockery of democracy so that professors now playing with judiciary. Tight slap on Indian Judicial System where professors from premium universities getting rid of apprehension in-spite of being accused of grave act of annihilation of an innocent man Syamnath Baghel Left wingers now worse than the ISIS trying everything to disintegrate Mother India. We are living in country where teachers are preaching anti nationalism under the pretext of freedom of speech. They don't even bother judicial structure or our statute book Consution. Because they have purchased our judiciary. And still we remaining as mute spectator.
            1. M
              Munna Mama
              Nov 15, 2016 at 10:23 am
              Will SC give such facility to each person who is implicated (rightly or wrongly) by police? And if it does so, how will law enforcers be able to apprehend criminals? It is perfectly acceptable that Police be questioned and put in the dock when required, but law and its procedures must be same for all citizens. The person in question may have been implicated wrongly, but it could equally be true that she is indeed involved in something unsavoury.
              1. M
                Nov 15, 2016 at 10:35 am
                Delhi Professors can access the Ind. Supreme Court, access maximum publicity in Indian media no matter what...This is elitism built over the last 67 years by the Lutyens Delhi Club.. Elitism in the name of 'socialism' has been India's problem.
                1. M
                  Murthy Suppusamy
                  Nov 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                  This is mockery of law!. If there is a plausible evidence to prove the crime, IPC says one can be arrested. How can Supreme Court nor the Govt can have a different rule when someone is a DU professor!. Why not same law for everyone?
                  1. Y
                    Nov 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                    Are we to say that researchers, journalists, lawyers, activists etc. were opposed by tribals simply because they don't like their face. Our media may kindly make some enquiry on what is the cause of tribals anger on these eminent group of people.
                    1. S
                      Nov 15, 2016 at 11:12 am
                      No arrest without 4 weeks prior notice? Why on the earth these hardcore criminals are to be dealt with kids gloves? These naxalites are spreading terrors, instigatting violance and committing murders and still they are enjoying protection from the prosecution? Why is our justice system so bend to protect the elites whereas the poors and marginalised languise in jail for decades waiting for justice!
                      1. M
                        Nov 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm
                        Why so many privileges and respect for a naxal criminal murderer?
                        1. S
                          Nov 15, 2016 at 11:05 am
                          Not sure what type of teacher , researcher these people are who on the behest of external enemies hurts the interest of motherland
                          1. V
                            Nov 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                            Ok, "40 year old student yet to graduate". Stop eating tax payers money and earn a living.
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