Delhi HC directs police to seize mobile phones of 2 Whatsapp group members involved in JNU violence

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The Hush Post| 2:40 pm|one-minute-read|

The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi police to seize mobile phones belonging to members of the two WhatsApp groups allegedly used to coordinate the January 5 mob attack on JNU students and faculty in Delhi.

In a plea by three professors – Ameet Parameswaran, Shukla Sawant and Atul Sood – they had asked for data from two groups ‘Unity against Left’ and ‘Friends of RSS’, both of which authorities believe is linked to the mob attack.

The cops have now been directed to summon individuals. These are part of either one or both groups. The court has asked to confiscate their mobile phones. This is, as part of the investigation into the attack that left 34 people injured in JNU.

The court has also asked Google and WhatsApp to act as per the law and preserve and provide all data. This includes messages, photos, etc. – sought by the police as part of their investigation into the attack.

Justice Brijesh Sethi of the Delhi High Court also told Dr Pramod Kumar, the JNU Registrar, to cooperate with the police. He will have to provide the cops with all the information requested.

On Monday the court issued notices to Whatsapp, Google, Facebook and Apple Inc. after three JNU professors sought preservation of relevant data and information relating to the violence.

WhatsApp told the court today that it could not access messages because of the encryption system.

“We don’t have access to the chat content. It works on end-to-end encryption. The only way to access and preserve it is by preserving the phone of those persons. No technology is there to break through,” the messaging platform’s lawyer was quoted by news agency IANS.

 

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