The Delhi High Court on Monday has directed tech companies – Apple, WhatsApp and Google to preserve any data related to JNU violence. The court was listening to a plea moved by three JNU professors who claim that the violence was “premeditated”.
The Delhi court has also directed Delhi police to preserve any data about the January 5 violence that they find and JNU authorities to preserve the CCTV footage.
The court has also sought information about the two WhatsApp groups named ‘Unity Against Left’ and ‘Friends of RSS’ whose conversation screenshots had gone viral after a day of violence at the JNU.
The opposition and several JNU students had alleged that the groups belonged to BJP wings like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). However, the same is yet to be confirmed by the police.
The plea in the court has been filed by Ameet Parameswaran, professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Atul Sood, professor at Centre for Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, and Shukla Vinayak Sawant, a Professor at School of Arts and Aesthetics.
All three professors were injured in the violence.
The petitioner also added that they had sent representations to the Delhi Police and Delhi government to preserve any evidence related with the violence but there was no response.
“It is submitted that several persons appear to have used the WhatsApp platform to create different WhatsApp groups with the purpose of inciting hate and violence against the teachers, staff, and students of JNU…,” the petition read.
Meanwhile, the Delhi police has named nine people for the violence at the campus including JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh.