Court to hear plea for FIR in Ramjas College incident in July

NEW DELHI
27 Jun 2017

A Delhi court today fixed July 19 for hearing a plea seeking the lodging of an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised in February this year. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra listed the matter for further hearing on the next date after the court was informed that a transfer application filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch was pending before the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM). The transfer plea is listed for hearing on July one. Police has said that the power to deal with the cases of Delhi Police Crime Branch was vested with the CMM and the magistrate has no jurisdiction to try the matter. It is pertinent to mention that after the filing of the complaint by advocate Vivek Garg, CMM Satish Kumar Arora had marked it to the court of magistrate Malhotra. Complainant Garg has vehemently 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. Police had earlier said in its status report that the Commissioner of Delhi Police has constituted an enquiry committee which has been probing complaints relating to the incidents of February 21-22 this year and has so far examined 62 witnesses, including student groups and police officials. The court was hearing the complaint seeking lodging of an FIR into the February incidents during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at Ramjas College by members of students groups AISA and SFI. The plea had said a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year. It 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 India's enemy i.e. Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting 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 against the country". It has sought lodging 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.(PTI)