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Delhi HC dismisses plea for NIA probe in JNU sedition case

Delhi HC dismisses plea for NIA probe in JNU sedition case

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition seekingNIA probe in the JNU sedition case in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised, saying the plea was “premature” as the police is 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,” a bench of Justice Manmohan said, adding, “The present writ petition is premature and is dismissed.”

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 Jawaharlal Nehru University (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, observed, “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.”

During the proceedings, 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 probed by Delhi Police.

The counsel for the Delhi government said, “Who instigated these people is being probed by the police and we should wait till the probe is on.”

During the arguments, the petitioner’s counsel contended that the bench should direct the government to appoint a judicial commission to look into the matter.

“No. The State will look into it,” the bench said.

“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 said.

( Source – PTI )

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