New Delhi, Nov 20, 2019 : Delhi High Court is expected to take up on Wednesday a case filed by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration seeking contempt action against Delhi Police and its protesting students and several students’ union leaders.
The JNU administration had approached the high court on Tuesday seeking action against its students for allegedly violating a previous Delhi High Court ruling which restrains them to protest within 100 meters of the admin block of the university, Zee reported.
The complaint filed by JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar through university’s standing counsel Monika sought the court’s direction to issue a contempt notice against the JNUSU leaders. The plea states that due to the ongoing protests, the daily work of administration has been affected since October 28.
The administration has registered the names of JNUSU president Aishe Ghose, general secretary Satish Chandra Yadav, vice president Saket Moon and former JNU student leaders N Sai Balaji, Geeta Kumari, Sarika Choudhary, Apeksha Priyadarshani, Krishna Rao and some others in its plea.
The plea filed by the JNU administration states, "The instant petition is being preferred by the university against the contemnors for gross and continuing violation of the order dated 09.08.2017...by protesting within 100 meters of the administrative block and the day-to-day administration of the petitioner University due to which the working of the university has come to a standstill." .
The university has also sought the court’s direction to Delhi Police to provide assistance to the varsity for controlling acts of the students and remove them from 100 meters of the Administrative Block of the varsity in accordance with the previous order of the High Court.
Meanwhile, two FIRs were registered by the Delhi Police on Tuesday against the JNU students who clashed with the police during their protest march against the hostel fee hike on Monday.
Both the FIRs have been registered in two different police stations and against unidentified individuals.
Sharing more details, Delhi Police spokesman Anil Mittal said, "One FIR was registered in Kishangarh police station while the other in Lodhi Colony."
Almost similar charges have been slapped in both the FIRs, which include violation of Section 144 (prohibitory orders disallowing assembly of more than four persons) apart from obstructing a public servant in discharge of his duty and assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from the discharge of his duty under the IPC.
On Monday, as Parliament reconvened for the winter session, several JNU students clashed with the police after they were stopped from marching towards Parliament.
Delhi Police came out in full force to stop them from reaching Parliament, setting up barricades at several locations and closing down four Metro stations. However, the students managed to come close to the Parliament building.
Students also clashed with the police outside Safdarjung Tomb near Jor Bagh. The students alleged that they were lathi-charged by the police.
Many students and police personnel were injured in the clashes.
In a related development, the JNU Visually Challenged Students’ Forum has called for a ’’demonstration against the brutal lathi-charge of Delhi Police’’ and demanded justice for persons with disabilities.
’’This is a clear cut violation of United Nation’s Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 and Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2016 act. Therefore, the forum demands a delegation-level talk with the Chief Commissioner of Delhi Police and demands for the full protection of Persons with Disabilities anywhere in the national capital of Delhi with an immediate effect,’’ it said in a release.
’’We urge people to gather in front of the Delhi Police Headquarter, Jaisingh Road, near Parliament Thana at 10:30 AM onwards to show their solidarity for the larger disability cause,’’ it added.