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.
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.