Delhi Riots Case:
New DelhiFormer JNU student leader Umar Khalid’s request for bail in a UAPA case against him in connection with riots in northeast Delhi was challenged by Delhi police on Tuesday . Delhi police, while opposing Umar Khalid’s bail request, said the main purpose of the rioting conspiracy was to “bring the government to its knees and destabilize the foundations of democracy “. The “plot was evident from conversations” recovered during the investigation, Delhi police said.Also Read – Delhi Riots Conspiracy Case: Court Grants Umar Khalid Bail, Asks Him To Install Aarogya Setu App
Umar Khalid and several others have been convicted under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a strict anti-terrorism law, and are accused of being the “brains” of the riots in northeast Delhi that have kills 53 and over 700 injured in 2020. The arguments over their bail requests have been going on for more than five months. Read also – Kept in solitary confinement, not allowed to leave the prison cell: Umar Khalid informs the court
Opposing his request for bail before Extra Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, Special Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad challenged Umar Khalid’s claims that the investigative agency was communal and the act of The charge in the riot plot case was a figment of the imagination, the PTI news agency reported. . Representing the police, the SPP said: “The ultimate goal was to overthrow the government and undermine the authority of parliament, which enacted the Citizenship (Amendment) Act CAA, and to destabilize the very foundation of democracy. Read also – Violence in northeast Delhi: Umar Khalid, former student of JNU, arrested by the crime division
“Discussions reveal a plot”
“The idea was to bring the Indian government to its knees and force the withdrawal of the CAA. It is not that I am making the statement. This is clear from the discussions which make it clear that the government must be brought to its knees, ”said Prasad.
Highlighting the indictment, Prasad said the 2020 riots were not a spontaneous outburst of violence. “From the indictment, we have shown that 23 protest sites were created and that these sites were not organic in nature. They were meticulously planned with the location which was close to the masjids (mosques), ”said Prasad.
“Multiple teams were formed to monitor these sites, provide logistical support, there were remote supervisors, local leaders, people who visited. We also demonstrated the use of identical placards and banners on different protest sites, clearly showing that they were not organic and created in a coordinated fashion, ”he added.
“The demonstrations were not dominated by women”
Prasad said the protests were not dominated by women, but rather managed by men, and the protest sites were enlarged by the arrival of women from outside.
“We also demonstrated from the indictment that there was a clear interrelation between the riots of December 2019 and those of February 2020. A similar pattern of crime was followed, with road blockages attacking police. , destruction of property and violence with the public and the police, ”he said.
The indictment revealed that 53 people died, he said, adding that 101 police officers and 41 public figures were injured in the first phase of the riots in December 2019. In the second phase, 132 police officers and 76 public figures were injured.
There were clearly deaths and injuries. The total amount of damages and settlement of claims is Rs.21.93 crore. 61 complaints have been settled and others still need to be settled, the SPP said.
The investigation into the case revealed that firearms, Molotov cocktails, acid attacks, sticks, iron bars, stone throwing using large prefabricated slingshots were used to attack and kill police, government employees and public figures, he added.
“Umar Khalid tries to divert the attention of the court”
Prasad further said that Umar Khalid, through his lawyer, focused on irrelevant documents while arguing his request for bail in an attempt to distract the court.
“He (Umar) wants his claim to be decided with reference to a web series and for this case to be treated as ‘The Family Man’ or ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’. You have nothing on merit, you want to distract from the court, focus on irrelevant material, you want to be judged by the media, make the headlines, ”said the SPP.
On September 3, 2021, Umar Khalid, through Senior Counsel Trideep Paid, testified that the indictment in the case reads as a script from a “The Family Man” web series and news channels. The lawyer also referred to Voldemort, a villain from the Harry Potter films, to draw parallels between the indictment statements. Again on December 9, he referred to the “Chicago Seven’s Trial” in the courtroom.
In this regard, the SPP said: “To equate the riots where 53 lives were lost with a web series is unfortunate. He does not want to refer to the law enacted by the constitutional courts. The idea is that you are creating an audience perception. You want to refer to something that is relevant in the media and not in the law. All of the submission was made on guesswork and guesswork.
“Non-municipal agency probe”
Prasad further stressed that the court cannot conduct a speculative analysis. On top of that, Prasad objected to Umar Khalid’s alleged allegations that the investigative agency and investigator are communal.
“I don’t appreciate my learned friend claiming that the investigative agency and the investigating officer are common. The investigative agency is not that of a specific person, it is that of a state. The first conviction in the riots was that of a Hindu. To say that the investigation agency is municipal is not going well, ”he submitted.
At the last hearing, Umar Khalid, through his lawyer, said that arguing against a law like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not a crime. He also said police pressured witnesses to make statements against him.
(With PTI entries)