Delhi HC asks police to seize phones of WhatsApp groups linked to JNU violence


DELHI: The Delhi high court on Tuesday asked the police to seize phones of members of two WhatsApp groups on which JNU violence was allegedly coordinated.


The court's order came after WhatsApp said they don't store messages on servers but it can be retrieved through users' phones.

The court directed the police to summon all the members of the two WhatApp groups - Friends of RSS and Unity against Left. The high court also directed the university administration to provide CCTV footage sought by the police.

Hearing a plea filed by JNU professors Ameet Parameswaran, Atul Sood and Shukla Vinayak Sawant seeking directions to the Delhi Police Commissioner and Delhi government, the Delhi High Court also asked WhatsApp and Google to preserve and provide information related to the JNU violence to police.

Justice Brijesh Sethi directed the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to provide at the earliest the CCTV footage of the violence sought by police.

Delhi Police had earlier informed the court that it has asked the JNU administration to preserve and hand over the CCTV footage of the violence but had not received any response from the university.

The direction is related to the January 5 attack on JNU students and teachers by a masked mob of men.  Three FIRs have been registered at Vasant Kunj (north) police station in connection with the incident (with inputs from Times of India and India Today).

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