Nido Tania killing: Accused's bail plea to be heard by special court
New Delhi: A court on Thursday transferred the bail hearing of two men accused in the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania to a special designated court, saying that it has no jurisdiction to hear the matter. Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar, listing the bail application of the two accused – Sunder Singh and Pawan – for Friday, transferred the matter to a special court – one dealing exclusively with cases under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Defense counsel S. K. Sharma and Shalabh Gupta told the court that their clients have been booked under the SC/ST act and so their matter can be taken up by a designated court exclusively dealing such offences. The advocates said that their clients have not been booked under murder charges yet. Police said that murder charges will be added on the basis of the medical report of the victim.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has opposed the bail pleas, saying investigations into the case were at an initial stage and the medical report was still awaited.
They said the test identification parade of the accused was scheduled for February 13 and there are serious charges against the accused, who may tamper with evidence, if released. The 19-year-old Tania was beaten up by shopkeepers in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area following a quarrel over his appearance and clothing. He died in a hospital on January 30.
Pawan, Sunder and Farman were arrested on February 3 and booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for passing racist remarks against Tania. Pawan and Sunder have claimed that they were "innocent witnesses" who were "illegally roped in as accused".
Rahul meets Shinde to discuss attack
Rahul Gandhi today held consultations with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and MPs from North-East to discuss steps to end harassment of people from the region even as the Government set up a committee to suggest remedial measures to address their concerns.
AICC General Secretary in-charge for North-Eastern states Luizinho Faleiro, who led the delegation to Gandhi, said the Congress Vice-President wanted not only to ensure justice in the case of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania but also address the issue of discrimination of people from the North-east.
The meeting comes in the backdrop of outrage over the death of 19-year-old Tania after being allegedly beaten by some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar here. Faleiro said the Ministry of Home Affairs has set up of a six-member committee headed by retired IAS officer M B Bezbaruah, which will submit a report within two months after examining the causes behind the attacks/violence and discrimination against the people from the North-east.
The committee headed by Bezabaruah, who is also a member of North-Eastern Council, has the Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs S Saha as Member Secretary and retired IAS officers H W T Syeim, Allen Temshi Jamir, Tape Bagra and P Bharat Singh as members. Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, Robin Hibu, who hails from that region, will also be in the team of the Ministry of Home Affairs, which will assist the committee.
The Chairman of the Committee shall co-opt members, one each from the other North-eastern states like Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim as well as one lay member. “It has been decided to constitute a Committee to look into various kinds of concerns of the persons hailing from the Northeast, who are living in different parts of the country, especially metropolitan areas, and suggest suitable remedial measures, which could be taken by the Government,” an order issued yesterday by Deputy Secretary of MHA’s Northeast Division, Ajay Kanoujia said.