Delhi riots: Court concern over bid to shield offenders

Delhi riots: Court concern over bid to shield offenders
Illustration: Yajur Negi

One-liner: A Delhi court has ordered the police to investigate whether a deliberate attempt was made to shield five men who were discharged in a Feb 2020 riots case due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Accused discharged: Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat discharged five men accused of being part of a riotous mob, looting a medical shop and the house of the complainant Firoz Khan on Feb 25, 2020.

Judge statement: The judge said the accused were not let off because the incident in question did not happen or that they were falsely implicated but merely for the reason that there was no sufficient evidence produced against them.

  • He wanted the DCP North-East District to conduct an inquiry into the manner in which the investigation was conducted by the Investigating Officer (IO) to find out whether there had been any deliberate attempt to shield the offenders
  • The sessions judge further noted that Firoz Khan was the only witness in the case who claimed to have identified the accused as assailants and that too from the photographs shown to him in the police station

Tracing other witnesses: He said the charge ­sheet did not indicate whether or not the investigating officer (IO) made any efforts to trace other witnesses.

Background: Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi in Feb 2020, after violence between the Citizenship (Amendment) Act supporters and its protesters went out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and over 700 injured. 

Source: PTI

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