The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Chhattisgarh government to issue a notice in advance to the people accused, including Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, for the murder of a tribal in Sukma district, to proceed with the case.
Hearing a plea filed by Nandini Sundar, the SC has asked the state government to issue a notice to the accused, four weeks in advance, if the government id planning go ahead with the case,The Indian Express reported.
The Chhattisgarh government’s counsel informed the SC on Tuesday: “Won’t arrest or interrogate Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, if police want to arrest or interrogate, will give her 4 weeks time.” On Friday, the Chhattisgarh government had assured the Supreme Court that it will not arrest Sundar.
The Chhattisgarh police have registered a case of murder and under other sections against Sundar and 19 others after the wife of Shamnath Baghel, tribal murdered In Bastar, filed a petition. Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Archana Prasad is also among the accused.
Vimla Baghel’s one-page statement released by the police earlier described the attack and repeatedly named the attackers. It also said that her husband had shouted at his attackers, who had then accused him of trying to block Sundar’s visits.
However, NDTV recently reported that the Vimla, wife of Baghel, has said that she didn’t name Nandini Sundar or anyone at all, even the killers.
Denying police claims, Sundar earlier said she had nothing to do with the tribal’s murder and that she hadn’t been to Bastar for the last 5 months. The case was absurd, and a clear case of police harassment and intimidation, she added.