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Gargi College molestation: Delhi HC seeks response of Centre, CBI to plea for probe

Students stage a protest against the alleged molestation of students by a group of men who had gatecrashed a cultural festival, at Gargi College, in New Delhi, on February 10

Students stage a protest against the alleged molestation of students by a group of men who had gatecrashed a cultural festival, at Gargi College, in New Delhi, on February 10   | Photo Credit: PTI

In his petition, advocate M.L. Sharma sought the preservation of all video recordings and CCTV camera footage of the college campus

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police on a petition seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the alleged molestation of students during a cultural festival at Delhi University’s Gargi College last week.

The court sought the response from the authorities and posted the case for further hearing on April 30.

It was hearing a petition by advocate M.L. Sharma, who claimed that nothing had been done till now. Police registered an FIR on February 9 and arrested a few persons, he said.

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The plea was filed on Thursday after the Supreme Court declined to entertain the petition and asked the petitioner to move the High Court instead.

In his petition, Mr. Sharma sought the preservation of all video recordings and CCTV camera footage of the college campus. The plea also sought the arrest of people behind the “planned criminal conspiracy”.

Ten people, between 18 and 25 years, were arrested by the police on February 12 in connection with the incident. However, they were released on bail on Thursday, the next day. Two others were arrested the same day.

According to the police, over 11 teams were looking at technical details and also visited various sites in the NCR in connection with identification of the suspects and investigation into the case.

Delhi Police had registered a case on February 10 after it received a complaint from the college authorities.

A case was registered at the Hauz Khas police station under the Indian Penal Code Section 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).

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