Jamia violence: HC to pronounce order on Delhi Police plea against discharge of 11 accused today


NEW DELHI: The Delhi Excessive Court docket is more likely to pronounce Tuesday its order on the police’s revision plea in opposition to a trial court docket’s order discharging 11 accused, together with Sharjeel Imam, Safoora Zargar and Asif Iqbal Tanha within the 2019 Jamia violence case.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma had on March 23 reserved the judgment on the plea.

Violence erupted at Jamia Millia Islamia in December 2019 after a conflict between the police and anti-Citizenship Modification Act protesters.

Over the last listening to, Further Solicitor General Sanjay Jain appeared for Delhi Police whereas completely different advocates represented the respondents, specifically Imam, Tanha, Zargar, Abuzar, Umair Ahmed, Mohd Shoaib, Mahmood Anwar, Mohd Qasim, Mohd Bilal Nadeem, Shahzar Raza Khan and Chanda Yadav.

All 11 accused individuals had been discharged by the trial court docket on February 4, but it surely had, nevertheless, framed expenses of illegal meeting and rioting in opposition to Mohd Ilyas.

Earlier than the bench of Justice Sharma on March 23, Jain had contended that the trial court docket (Saket court docket), “overstepped its jurisdiction” in passing “disparaging and gravely prejudicial observations” in opposition to the probe and the investigative company, and mentioned that the identical must be expunged from the document.

ASJ Verma had pulled up police whereas discharging the accused individuals, saying that police had been unable to apprehend the precise perpetrators behind the fee of the offence, however absolutely managed to rope in these 11 accused as “scapegoats”.

The bench had mentioned: “The trial court judge has basically said you couldn’t bring anything on record for the court to believe that these persons were part of a crowd who committed an offence. They also raised the question that when there were so many people, why did you only pick up a few?”

Showing for respondents Anwar, Raza Khan, Qasim and Umair Ahmed, advocate MR Shamshad submitted that the accused had been merely bystanders and that the trial court docket had handed the precise order of discharging them.

On behalf of pupil activist and JNU alum Imam, advocate Talib Mustafa submitted that there isn’t any video clip or any single assertion of witness in opposition to Imam in any of the cost sheets.

Senior advocate Rebecca John, showing for Zargar, questioned the way of her identification by the police. She submitted that the one that was recognized as Zargar from a video clip had a “face cover”, including that no cause was given by the prosecution for concluding that it was her.

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