DU prof’s house in Noida searched by Pune police

Mubarak Ansari
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

 “Hany Babu MT was not arrested. Video recording of the whole procedure was done. Reasons for the search were explained to him in English and a copy of seizure panchnama given with his due acknowledgment,” added DCP (Crime) Bachchan Singh. Pune Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham said Babu was in contact with earlier arrested accused persons in the case. 

Pune: Officials of the Crime Branch of Pune city police on Tuesday conducted a search at the residence of Delhi University (DU) Associate Professor Hany Babu MT in Noida in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the 2017 Elgar Parishad case for alleged Maoist links. The police said Babu (45) teaches English at DU and resides in Sector 78 in Noida.  
“Some electronic devices were seized. Only search and seizure were conducted,” said DCP (Crime) Bachchan Singh, who led the team.

 “Hany Babu MT was not arrested. Video recording of the whole procedure was done. Reasons for the search were explained to him in English and a copy of seizure panchnama given with his due acknowledgment,” added DCP (Crime) Bachchan Singh. Pune Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham said Babu was in contact with earlier arrested accused persons in the case. 

“After a forensic examination of the seized electronic devices, we will decide on further course of action. His role is being verified,” he added.

The Pune police team included ACP Shivaji Pawar, who is the investigating officer, cyber experts and others. The Uttar Pradesh police were kept in the loop and Sector 49 police station officers and staff provided logistic support, DCP Singh added.

Prof Hany Babu MT’s statement
Later, Prof Babu MT issued a statement on the ‘police intimidation and raid’ at his home. “I have been teaching at the English Department of the University of Delhi as an Associate Professor for close to a decade. At 6.30 am, 20 people knocked at my door, claiming they belonged to the Pune Crime Branch. Five were in uniform and the rest in civil clothes. I was told they wanted to search my residence. When I asked for a search warrant, I was told there was none and this case doesn’t need one. Following this, An officer with the name Dr Shivaji Pawar showed me his ID. After this, the officers entered my residence and looked through every room of my apartment. The search went on for six hours. 

At the end of which they said they will be seizing my laptop, my hard disks, my pen drives and books. They made me change the passwords of my social media accounts and my email accounts. They have complete access to my accounts now through the changed passwords and I no longer have access to these accounts,” the statement read. 

“I would like to state that as a teacher, my work is heavily dependent on what I’ve saved in my laptops and external hard disks. It also contains the research work that I’ve been pursuing for years. This work is not something which can be duplicated in days. These are years of my hard work. I don’t understand how a government agency can seize my work without providing me with the reasons for it or the basis on which a search was conducted at my residence. They did not have a search warrant and they did not explain. While the search was ongoing, they also seized the phones of my wife and my daughter, barring us from communicating with our friends,” the statement added. 

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