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A Delhi Court was yesterday informed that an FIR, which was registered in connection with the January 5 attack on the teachers, students and staff of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, has been transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. (Sucharita Sen vs State)
Metropolitan Magistrate Vipul Sandwar thus sought a status report from Crime Branch, Delhi Police on the action taken by it pursuant to the transfer.
The development came in an application by JNU Professor Sucharita Sen, (Applicant) who suffered injuries during the violence, under Section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 for registration of FIR in connection with the attack.
On January 16, the Metropolitan Magistrate at Patiala House Complex had directed the SHO concerned to file a status report in response to the plea and listed the matter for hearing on March 25.
However, on March 16, the Delhi High Court restricted the functioning of the subordinate courts till March 31 and the matter was adjourned to April 25. On account of the extension of lockdown, the matter was once again adjourned to June 18.
Considering that more than four months have elapsed since the incident but no headway in the investigation had been made, the Applicant moved an early hearing application before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court.
In her early hearing application filed through Advocates Adit Pujari, Tara Narula, Kriti Awasthi and Viren Bansal, the Applicant informed that on February 20, three members of the investigating agency visited her home to inquire about the incident.
Since then, there has been no further information from the investigating agency as to the status of the investigation, it was stated.
After the request for early hearing was allowed, the matter was taken up yesterday by MM Sandwar.
Before the Court, counsel for the Applicant relied on the Delhi High Court order passed in Janaury to state that the matter was sensitive in nature and needed to be probed thoroughly and expeditiously.
The State Prosecutor informed the Court that an FIR under Sections 145/147/148/506/34 IPC and Section 3 of Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 had been registered at Vasant Kunj North Police Station and transferred to Crime Branch.
It was added the complaint of the Applicant had also been transfered to Crime Branch.
After hearing the parties, the Court observed that the only thing that could be ascertained was that an FIR at Crime Branch had been lodged in connection with the January 5 incident.
It thus ordered,
The matter would be heard next on May 18.
The Applicant was represented through Advocate Adit S Pujari.
APP Ankit Srivastav represented the State.