JNU professors move HC with PIL to preserve data, CCTV footage

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JNU students gather at the entrance gate of the Jawahar Lal University before leaving for their protest march from Mandi House to HRD Ministry, demanding removal of the university vice-chancellor. Photo: PTI

Three professors of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday (January 10) filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to preserve data, CCTV footage and other evidence relating to the January 5 violence at the varsity campus.

JNU professors Ameet Parameswaran, Atul Sood, and Shukla Vinayak Sawant’s petition also sought directions for preservation and retrieval of all material/evidences available with WhatsApp INC, Google INC and Apple INC pertaining to relevant data of WhatsApp groups “Unity against Left” and “Friends of RSS” including messages, pictures, videos and phone numbers of the members, in connection with the violence at JNU.

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They also sought necessary directions to the Delhi Police Commissioner and Delhi government.

The petition, filed through advocates Abhik Chimni, Maanav Kumar and Roshni Naamboodiry, also sought a direction to the Delhi Police to retrieve all CCTV footage of the JNU campus.

On Sunday, a mob of masked men stormed the campus and targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods by hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings.

(With inputs from agencies)

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