The police have argued the riots which took place at Jamia are the subject matter of the present case where three FIRs have already been registered. (Express file photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Opposing a plea for the transfer of the investigation into the FIRs registered concerning the 2019 Jamia Millia Islamia violence case, the Delhi Police have informed the Delhi High Court an “accused or a victim cannot choose by whom it ought to be investigated” and therefore, such a relief “smacks of malice”.

Violence broke out near Jamia Millia Islamia during anti-CAA protests in 2019, following which security personnel barged into the university campus. While the police have said they were chasing rioters, students have claimed they were assaulted inside the library. The petitioners have sought an independent investigation into the matter as well as registration of FIRs against police personnel accused of committing excesses and allege that the rights of students were violated by the police.

The reply has been filed by the Delhi Police in response to an amendment application filed in a batch of petitions seeking the inclusion of two prayers among the others sought in the case. The application seeks that the case should be investigated by an agency independent of the Delhi Police and the accused be prosecuted expeditiously. It also prays for an order directing the constitution of an independent Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising four retired IPS officers—Vibhuti Narain Rai, Vikram Chand Goel, R M S Brar, and Kamlendra Prasad.

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