Students from several universities across the country have come out in solidarity with their peers at Jamia. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Students from several universities across the country have come out in solidarity with their peers at Jamia. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Jamia protests: Delhi HC to hear plea seeking appointment of fact finding committee

  • On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had refused to form a committee to inquire into the incidents of police action
  • PIL has sought that no FIRs be lodged against students and no coercive steps be taken in complaints already registered

New Delhi: he Delhi high court on Wednesday agreed to hear on Thursday a public interest litigation (PIL) to appoint a fact-finding committee to inquire into the police action against Jamia Milia Islamia students.

The petition said that Delhi Police had used “arbitrary, excessive, discriminatory, and illegal force against the students, particularly female students of Jamia Millia Islamia, on the false pretext of restoring law and order".

Students who were protesting and exercising their fundamental rights were, according to “various accounts by the students and multiple videos readily available" mercilessly beaten, abused, and subjected to racial and derogatory comments, while tear gas shells were fired at the students and they were lathicharged indiscriminately, the petition said.

The petition seeks the appointment of a fact-finding committee and seeks a direction that no coercive steps should be taken with regard to the FIRs registered against the students till the committee submits its report. It also seeks a direction to the police not to enter the university premises without the permission of the authorities.

Meanwhile, protests continued on Wednesday across educational institutes, including Jamia Millia Islamia and Madras University. Reaching out to students, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said: “Our government is sensitive and listens to everyone. Students should put their views forward peacefully."

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