JNU Violence: Delhi High Court notice to WhatsApp, Apple and Google on plea to preserve data, evidence

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The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to Apple, WhatsApp and Google on the petition of three Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professors who had sought to preserve the CCTV footage, WhatsApp conversations and other evidences related to the January 5 violence on campus.

The petition filed by JNU professors – Ameet Parameswaran, Atul Sood and Shukla Vinayak Sawant had approached the Delhi High Court through a petition seeking preservation of data of social media and other material/evidences related to violence at the university campus.

Justice Brijesh Sethi listed the matter for further hearing on January 14.

The Delhi police informed the HC that they have already sought CCTV footage, however, there is no response from JNU.

Police also informed that they have written to WhatsApp seeking details of the two groups– Unity Against Left’ and ‘Friends of RSS’ including messages, pictures and videos and phone numbers of members and waiting for response.

On January 5, a group of masked goons entered the JNU campus and attacked students and teachers with sticks and rods. Several students and teachers were injured in the incident.