Police accuses 5 DU Professors of leading ‘azadi-shouting’ group at Ramjas College


Five Delhi University professors have been accused of inciting “Azadi” slogans at Ramjas College earlier this year, which led to upheaval in the campus.

Delhi police in its report, submitted before a city court on Thursday, said participants of the February 21 literary festival came out of the college’s conference room led by five professors-  Mukul Manglik, Vinita Chandra, Debraj Mookerjee, NA Jacob and Benu Lal, chanting slogans: “Hum kya mange Azadi”, “Kashmir Mange Azadi”, “Bastar Mange azadi”, “Ye pyari pyari azadi”, “Ye sundar wali azadi”, “Police tum Bahar Jao”, “Hamara Umar wapas lao“, directed against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS. It said the group also took out a protest march on the campus on that day.

Refuting police’s charges, Mookerjee, one of the professors named in the report, told Hindustan Times he was not even present in the conference hall when the march had started. “Neither was I part of the march, nor was I present in the area where the slogans were allegedly raised,” he said.

The report, filed by a joint commissioner of Police (Crime) in pursuance to earlier court order, further stated that some administrative staff and teachers of the college were also under its scanner. Police in its ATR said they were also looking into eight complaints against ABVP supporters and 37 against AISA supporters. They have also sought from the proctor details of DU students present at the site.

The ATR was filed before metropolitan magistrate Abhilash Malhotra in connection with a complaint filed by advocate Vivek Garg seeking an FIR against those who allegedly raised anti-national slogans at the college on February 21 and 22. Garg in his plea alleged that slogans were raised by members of the All India Students Association (AISA) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI).

Police also served notice to the principal of the Ramjas College to provide the footage of the CCTV installed on the campus or any video recording done by the administration at the time of the incident.

Acting principal of the college PC Tulsian, meanwhile, refused to comment on the police report saying the matter is subjudice. “Moreover, I cannot comment on the incidents as these happened in February whereas I joined in March. Since then, we have taken measures to prevent recurrence of such incident” the principal stated.

The court will hear the arguments of the complainants on August 29.

Source- Hindustan Times


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