Delhi riots: Police commissioner pulled up for not giving report, court warns of action


A Delhi court has come down heavily on Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana for not submitting a report in the 2020 riots case and sought an explanation from him as to why appropriate action should not be taken against him as per law.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg had observed that the investigation officer and the prosecutor had sought adjournment in a very negligent manner and thereafter the court on September 25 imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the police and directed the police commissioner to investigate. was instructed to do.

On October 21, almost a month after the order, the magistrate waived off the fine imposed on the police, but noted that no report had been received from the commissioner.

The court said that an explanation under his signature may be sought from the Delhi Police Commissioner through the Secretary (Home) to the Government of India as to why appropriate action as per law should not be taken against him for not submitting the report with reference to the previous order.

The court also cautioned the Commissioner of Police and DCP (North-East) that if the investigating officer seeks an adjournment for compliance of orders in the riots case, he will be personally liable to fine.

The court had earlier imposed the fine in a case in which the investigating officer was directed to provide a copy of the e-challan to an accused named Komal Mishra. However, the IO informed the court that the copy of the e-challan could not be given to the accused as he was not aware of the court order.


Delhi denies bail to Sharjeel Imam

A Delhi court on Friday refused bail to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam for allegedly making inflammatory speeches and inciting people to violence in 2019. The court observed that the speech was delivered on communal lines and its content is likely to have a subduing effect on peace and harmony.

Police said Imam had allegedly made a provocative speech on December 13, 2019, which resulted in riots two days later, in which a mob of over 3,000 people attacked policemen and several vehicles in Jamia Nagar area. was burnt.

Additional Sessions Judge Anuj Aggarwal, while denying bail to Imam, observed that a cursory reading of the speech shows that it was clearly delivered on communal lines. He said that the tone and content of this provocative speech has the effect of weakening public peace and social harmony.

The judge, however, said the evidence was insufficient to substantiate the allegations that Imam’s speech triggered rioters and that they then looted, created a ruckus and attacked the police party. Apart from this case, Imam is also accused of being the mastermind of the February 2020 riots in North-East Delhi in which 53 people were killed and over 700 were injured.



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