JNU Attack: Google Says Court Order Necessary For Police to Access Chat Details

Regards with the JNU violence in January 2020, the Delhi Police’s crime branch requested information from Google on 33 members of two WhatsApp groups. According to Google, such information can only be shared with authorities after police send them a Letter Rogatory under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT)

The Delhi Police had written to WhatsApp and Google, requesting information about the 33 students and members of the two WhatsApp groups “Unity Against Left” and “Friends of RSS.”

On January 5, 2020, masked people armed with sticks and rods attacked students at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and injured 36 people. Members and supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) allegedly attacked students, including the president of the student union, while police stood by.

After the police filed a FIR in connection with the case, it was later moved to the Crime Branch, but no arrests have been made as of yet. One of the masked members was identified as an ABVP member, but she has yet to be caught.

A Delhi police fact-finding commission also found guilty police officers located outside the JNU campus gate, who were accused of standing by while “masked goons” attacked students, faculty members, and staff.

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