Jamia violence: Delhi HC seeks response from Centre, AAP, Delhi Police and JMI on injured student's plea for compensation

In his plea filed through advocate Nabila Hasan, Shayaan Mujeeb has contended that he was in the Jamia library on 15 December, 2019 studying, when police personnel entered the building and allegedly beat up the students there

Press Trust of India February 17, 2020 19:10:53 IST
Jamia violence: Delhi HC seeks response from Centre, AAP, Delhi Police and JMI on injured student's plea for compensation
  • The Delhi High Court on Monday sought responses of the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the city police on a plea by a Jamia Millia Islamia student seeking compensation for injuries suffered allegedly in police action against anti CAA protesters in December last year

  • In his plea filed through advocate Nabila Hasan, Shayaan Mujeeb has contended that he was in the university library on 15 December, 2019 studying, when police personnel entered the building and allegedly beat up the students there.

  • Apart from seeking a Rs 2-crore compensation for the injuries suffered, Mujeeb has also sought registration of an FIR for the offences allegedly committed by the police.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought responses of the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the city police on a plea by a Jamia Millia Islamia student seeking compensation for injuries suffered allegedly in police action against anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters on 15 December last year.

Jamia violence Delhi HC seeks response from Centre AAP Delhi Police and JMI on injured students plea for compensation

File image of policemen outside Jamia Millia Islamia University. PTI

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was initially of the view that the petitioner ought to have filed a civil suit if he was seeking compensation as the claims made by him would have to be proved through evidence which cannot be done in a writ petition.

"These are matters of evidence. Why are you not filing a suit for damages? On the basis of annexures in a writ, claims cannot be proved," the court said and added that "it has become a fashion in Delhi to file a writ for everything".

However, the bench subsequently issued notices to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the university, the Delhi government and the police seeking their stand on the plea in which the student has alleged his both legs got fractured in the "brutal violence carried out" by security personnel.

In his plea filed through advocate Nabila Hasan, Shayaan Mujeeb has contended that he was in the university library on 15 December, 2019 studying, when police personnel entered the building and allegedly beat up the students there. Hasan told the bench available CCTV footage show the police entering the library and beating up the students.

Apart from seeking a Rs 2-crore compensation for the injuries suffered, Mujeeb has also sought registration of an FIR for the offences allegedly committed by the police. The petitioner has also sought reimbursement of Rs 2 lakh, claiming he spent the amount on treatment of his broken legs, in one of which a rod has to be inserted due to the severity of the fracture.

Earlier, another student, Mohd Minhajuddin, had moved a plea seeking a probe into the incident and demanding compensation for injuries he suffered.  Minhajuddin, according to his plea, lost vision in one eye in the incident.

On 15 December last year, a protest against the CAA near Jamia turned violent, with demonstrators pelting stones at police and setting public buses and private vehicles on fire. Police later entered the university, firing teargas shells and baton-charging students. Several students, including the petitioner, were injured in the police crackdown.

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