New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday agreed to give an urgent hearing on a plea seeking immediate arrest of the five Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students accused of raising anti-India slogans.
The petition, which will be heard on Tuesday, was filed before a bench of Justices BD Ahmed and RK Gauba and it also sought a direction to the JNU to allow Delhi Police to enter its premises to arrest the five students – Umar Khalid, Anant Prakash Narayan, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga and Anirban Bhattacharya.
"Direct respondent 4 (JNU) to permit respondent 3 (Delhi Police Commissioner) to enter premises of Respondent 4 and to arrest the respondents 5 to 10 (JNU students) and other accused person connected with the said case," the plea said.
The petition mentioned through senior advocate Adish Aggarwala and advocate VK Anand also sought action against the faculty members of the University for allegedly trying to "obstruct the process of administration of criminal justice system and assisting for violation of the law of the land."
Citing media reports, the petition said that on 21 February the five students wanted in the case resurfaced in JNU around 8 pm, adding that on Monday the vice chancellor had refused to give permission to the Delhi Police to enter the university campus to arrest the students. "It is crystal clear from the above-mentioned facts that the respondents have no respect for the law of the land and they have been taking the country to ransom by playing dirty politics," it said.
The petition also sought direction to the Central and Delhi government, Delhi Police and JNU to file status report of the entire incident till date.