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