The court pulled up the Delhi Police during the hearing of a case related to the North-East Delhi riots. The court said that the quality of investigation in a large number of Delhi riots cases is very poor. Along with this, the court has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to intervene in this.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Vinod Yadav made this remark while framing charges against Ashraf Ali, an accused in the case of allegedly attacking police officers with acid, glass bottles and bricks during communal violence on February 25, 2020. . The ASJ said that in most of the cases, the Investigating Officers (IOs) do not appear in the court. It is worth noting that the quality of investigation in a large number of riot cases is very poor.
Further, ASJ Yadav said that the police hardly care to take the investigation to its logical end after filing half-baked chargesheets, due to which the accused named in many cases remain in jails.
The Court, in an order dated August 28, noted, “This case is a shining example, in which the victims themselves are police personnel, yet the IO did not even bother to collect the acid sample and conduct its chemical analysis. The Investigating Officer sustained the injuries.” Didn’t even bother to gather opinion about the nature of
Further, the judge observed that the investigating officer of the riot case was not briefing the prosecutors for arguments on the charges and e-mailing them the PDF of the charge sheet on the morning of the hearing. He also directed to send a copy of the order in this matter to the Delhi Police Commissioner for his reference and for directions to take corrective steps.
The Sessions Judge further said that it is high time that the DCP and other higher officials of the North-East district take note of the comments made by them and take necessary corrective action in the cases.
Vinod Yadav said that they are free to take the help of experts in this regard, failing which injustice is likely to be done to the persons involved in these cases.
Significantly, in February 2020, at least 53 people were killed and over 700 were injured in communal riots in North-East Delhi between those supporting and opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.