Supreme Court Directs Jamia Petitioners to High Court: The Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Suryakant directed the petitioners of Jamia and Aligarh Muslim University to High Court. Hearing the arguments made by Lawyer Indira Jaising and Colin Gonsalves against the police action and them entering the University premises without permission, the Court directed them to approach High Court for fact-finding exercises.
On Sunday due to the protest by the students of Jamia University, police entered the University premises. Around 50 students were arrested, several were injured who were admitted to nearby hospital.
Senior Advocate Indira Jaising argued that several students has been arrested and FIR has been registered against them. She even told the court that the police entered the campus without the permission of College authority. In response to her argument, the Chief Justice replied, “What are the officers supposed to if Students behave like this? Won’t FIR be filed if students pelt stones?”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that not even a single student has been put into jail. 67 people including the miscreants were taken to hospital for the medical treatment. In response to SG, CJI told that his statements will be recorded but there should be no illegal activities. Police has all legal authority to put an end to any criminal activity.
Senior Advocate Indira Jaising urged the court to set up fact finding committee headed by the retired judge. CJI Justice Bobde said that it was not a trial court to establish facts. The bench added, “High Court has liberty to appoint retired judges for such inquiry matters after hearing both Union and State Governments.”
On Sunday Jamia witnessed a strong protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The protestors resorted to stone pelting and burning of public buses in New Friends Colony in South Delhi Area. When the protest went out of control, the police resorted to lathi-charge and entered the University premise where the protestors were supposed to be hiding.