Published: 03rd July 2017
Ramjas College clashes: Court dismisses police's transfer plea
Complainant Vivek Garg opposed the police's plea saying it has been delaying the matter and hesitating to file a proper action-taken report as it was not willing to probe the incidents.
A Delhi court has dismissed a plea filed by the police seeking to transfer to another court a complaint to lodge an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Satish Kumar Arora rejected the transfer application filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch after the investigating officer failed to appear in the court for the second time. The matter will come up for further proceedings on July 19 before Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra, who has been hearing it.
The police filed the transfer application saying that the power to deal with the cases of Delhi Police Crime Branch was vested with the CMM and the magistrate had no jurisdiction to try the matter. It is pertinent to mention that after the filing of the complaint by advocate Vivek Garg, the CMM had marked it to the court of magistrate Malhotra. Complainant Garg opposed the police's plea saying it has been delaying the matter and hesitating to file a proper action-taken report as it was not willing to probe the incidents.
The Commissioner of Delhi Police has constituted an enquiry committee to probe complaints relating to incidents of February 21-22 when anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at Ramjas College by the student groups AISA and SFI
Having examined over 62 witnesses including student groups and police, Garg filed a complaint seeking to lodge an FIR. Maintaining that a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year, the plea alleged that "massive anti-national slogans/activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported Pakistan. The criminal acts of the accused were also boosting the morale of terrorists against our country." It has claimed that the organisers of the seminar had misled the college administration to obtain its nod for the event and "conducted activities against the nation and tried to wage a war".
It has sought to lodge of an FIR for the alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC. On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Omar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar. The next day violent clashes erupted between Left and ABVP students leaving several students and three teachers injured.