The Allahabad high court reserved its verdict in SHUATS assault case on Tuesday.
The division bench comprising chief justice DB Bhosale and justice Yashwant Varma reserved its judgment in the writ petition filed by the security officer of the Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHUATS) Ram Kishan Singh.
The petitioner had approached the court for security and claimed he faced a threat to his life from former MP Atiq Ahmad.
Counsel for Atiq argued that due to the directions passed by the court in the petition, Atiq had been arrested and applications had also been filed by the police for cancellation of bail given in other criminal cases pending against him.
When the court asked Atiq’s counsel to show any such directions, he could not produce it and showed a few newspaper reports.
“The court did not direct the police to file application for cancellation of bail to any of the accused. The state government itself proposed that it would file such an application as some criminals commit another offence when they are released on bail,” the court said.
The standing counsel of the state government informed the court that the police had arrested 11 accused in the case and had recovered one of the three weapons that they carried with them on the day of the incident.
Police have also filed a charge sheet on April 6 against the 11 accused.
After hearing both the sides, the court directed them to file their arguments in written and reserved its judgement.
On December 14 last, Atiq and his henchmen had allegedly assaulted the staff members of SHUATS for taking action against two students who were debarred from taking examination after they were caught cheating.
On February 10, the high court summoned the criminal history of Atiq and also directed the superintendent of police, Allahabad, to arrest all the accused in the case.
The police arrested Atiq on February 11 after which he was remanded to 14-day judicial custody.