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Why chargesheet not filed in JNU ‘harassment’ case: Delhi high court asks police

The application said the case must be treated with utmost seriousness in view of the fact that there are eight FIRs for sexual harassment and outraging modesty of a woman against Johri.

delhi Updated: May 04, 2019 05:14 IST
HT Correspondent
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Why chargesheet not filed in JNU ‘harassment’ case: Delhi high court asks police(HT File)

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of the Delhi Police on a plea by some female students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) seeking directions to the police to expeditiously file a chargesheet in the sexual harassment complaints by eight students of the varsity against JNU professor Atul Johri.

Justice JR Midha issued the notice to the city police and sought their stance based on the students’ application. Appearing for the students, advocate Vrinda Grover informed the court that the FIR was registered in March, 2018 and even after a year the chargesheet has not been filed. “Law, public policy and judicial precedent requires that sexual offences against women are handled with utmost sensitivity and investigated into and prosecuted in an expeditious manner, to curb the spiraling graph of sexual violence against women,” it said.

The application said the case must be treated with utmost seriousness in view of the fact that there are eight FIRs for sexual harassment and outraging modesty of a woman against Johri.

“In such circumstances, the failure to file a chargesheet despite almost a year having lapsed since the registration of FIRs sends out a signal that the police are shielding the suspect from legal consequences,” it read.

Meanwhile, the students also filed a contempt petition on Friday against the varsity, its vice chancellor and the professor for willful disobedience of court orders passed on Thursday restricting Johri from using the laboratory. Both matters were listed for October 31. Johri did not respond to calls or messages despite several attempts.

First Published: May 04, 2019 05:14 IST