Police didn’t deal with violence at Jamia professionally based on NHRC report: HC observes

New Delhi, August 21

The Delhi High Court on Friday mentioned the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) advised that the police didn’t deal with itself “professionally” to take care of the violence on the Jamia Millia Islamia University through the anti-CAA protests when there was a regulation and order drawback.

“It (NHRC) says law and order problem but it also says inculcate professionalism (in the police). It (report) indicates that it (incident) was not handled professionally,” a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan mentioned.

The statement of the bench was in response to the rivalry of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi that the fee had given a discovering that there was a regulation and order state of affairs on the varsity and due to this fact, police entry into the campus was legit.

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The ASG, in response to the courtroom’s statement, mentioned the report solely says that there have been particular person situations of police excesses and it didn’t say that the motion as a complete was unwarranted.

He additional mentioned that the fee additionally left it to the police to investigate into the person situations of transgression by its officers and to not an outdoor company.

To this, the bench remarked: “That is fine. But it (report) cannot be read as a clean chit being given to anyone either.”

The excessive courtroom was listening to of a batch of petitions which have alleged that ruthless and extreme use of pressure and aggression was unleashed by the police and paramilitary forces on college students on the college.

The pleas have sought organising of an SIT or a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to look into the violence at JMI in December final 12 months in relation to pupil protests towards the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Opposing the petitioners’ allegations, Lekhi argued that whereas they declare police motion was unwarranted, the NHRC report doesn’t say so.

He additional mentioned the police motion as a complete was “not disproportionate” to the violence within the campus and solely in some remoted situations there was a use of disproportionate pressure.

However, an enquiry into these remoted situations have been left to the police by the NHRC and this means that the company might be trusted, opposite to what the petitioners are claiming, he mentioned.

He additionally mentioned whereas petitioners declare the protests had been peaceable, the NHRC report referred to it as “violent”.

The ASG additionally reiterated his argument made on the final date of listening to, August 14, that police had entered the college to revive order which was disrupted by incidents of arson and destruction of public property through the pupil protests.

Lekhi will proceed his arguments on August 28. PTI

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