New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will Monday hear a plea seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the alleged molestation of students during a cultural festival at the all-women Gargi College last week.
The plea was mentioned Friday for urgent hearing before a bench of Justices GS Sistani and C Hari Shankar which said it will be listed for February 17.
Advocate and petitioner ML Sharma said nothing had been done till now. Police registered the FIR February 9 and arrested 10 people just two days ago, informed Sharma.
When the bench asked the reason for urgency, the counsel said there is apprehension the evidence could be destroyed. The plea was filed Thursday, hours after the Supreme Court declined to entertain the petition and asked the petitioner to move the high court.
Sharma has sought the preservation of all video recordings and CCTV camera footage of the college campus in his plea. The plea has also sought the arrest of people behind the ‘planned criminal conspiracy’.
Ten people, between the ages of 18 and 25 years, were arrested by police February 12 in connection with the incident.
A group of men February 6 broke into Gargi College during the festival ‘Reverie’ and allegedly groped, harassed and molested the students who claimed that security officials stood watching. The incident came to light after some students took to Instagram to narrate their ordeal and alleged that security personnel did nothing to control the unruly groups.
“It is a clear criminal conspiracy hatched by the political party to deploy accused persons to provoke the Delhi public for voting in their favour. Despite presence of Delhi Police, February 6, neither principal nor other state authorities tried to stop and arrest the accused persons,” Sharma’s PIL claimed.
The petition added that ‘deliberate chants of Jai Shri Ram disclose that the incident is a political, planned conspiracy’ and blamed the chief minister of Delhi for not taking any action against the accused.