Delhi HC refuses NIA probe in JNU case; FIR lodged against unruly lawyers

| Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 20:19
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JNU row
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the alleged anti-national activities at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus while Delhi Police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) over some lawyers thrashing journalists at the Patiala House court on Monday.
"The incident took place only on February 9. This court is confident that Delhi Police will investigate all the aspects. The petitioner approached the court without making any representation to any government authorities. The petition is premature," said the court on the demand for NIA probe.
"We have registered an FIR in connection with the incident that occurred in the court yesterday (Monday). We are looking into the matter," Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said about the subsequent incident of scribes being roughed up by lawyers when the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU), Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been arrested on charges of sedition, was to be presented before a court.
Centre's counsel Anil Soni and Delhi Police's counsel Rahul Mehra told the High Court that anti-national slogans were shouted in the campus and police is investigating who instigated it and who were behind it.
The plea sought National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe and judicial inquiry into the alleged anti-national activities at JNU. Advocate Ranjana Agnihotri also sought the appointment of a judicial commission to look into the February 9 incidents on the JNU campus.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke about the case, "An inquiry is going on over the incident." However, Singh, who had earlier claimed a link between terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and the protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, refused to disclose any details.
Four journalists and some JNU students were assaulted at the Patiala House courts by a section of lawyers on Monday.


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