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Umar Khalid Booked Under UAPA; Alleged Role in Riots ‘Conspiracy’

The Delhi Police on Sunday night booked activist Umar Khalid under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on the charge of planning to design riots in Delhi during the visit to India of US President Donald Trump prior this year. He has likewise been accused of sedition and 18 different section of the Indian Penal Code, including murder and attempts to murder.

In spite of the fact that the police had asserted in different riots related FIRs and charge sheets that Khalid was a key ‘plotter’ and had called him for cross examination a few times – including September 2 – they had not booked him. Yet, around 11 pm on Sunday, he was officially arrested in the wake of being called to the police headquarters for “cross examination” around 1 pm.

The mutual brutality which occurred in the capital from February 23 to 26, 2020 prompted the demise of 53 individuals, including one police officer. Forty of the 52 regular folks executed were Muslim and a testimony put together by the police to the Delhi high court has recorded the lopsided harm to property and spots of love endured by Muslims in what was obviously focused on savagery.

Notwithstanding the way that Muslims endured the worst part of the viciousness, the police examination guarantees the mobs were the aftereffect of an intrigue by Muslim activists and pioneers and others associated with peacfut agitation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Shaheen Bagh and different spots of Delhi. The function of Bharatiya Janata Party pioneers like Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Praveen Verma in affecting and threatening viciousness against the protestors has so far gone uninvestigated.

Charges against Umar Khalid, who has a PhD in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, were first broadcasted on twitter by Bharatiya Janata Party activists when they flowed an altered clasp of a discourse he conveyed in Amravati, Maharashtra on February 17.

Association Home Minister Amit Shah immediately supported the claim against Khalid and the civil society group United Against Hate. Shah told parliament, “Joined Against Hate – the name sounds so devout however look what they said. They stated, ‘(Donald) Trump is going to come, we should block the roads’.”

Be that as it may, the clasp the BJP circled contained just the 40 seconds of Khalid’s discourse with an expectation to insult him. And still, after all that, as the record of the extricated divide clarifies, there was no call for brutality:

“We guarantee that when Donald Trump comes to India on 24th, at that point we will say that the PM of India and the Government of India are attempting to separate the nation, crushing the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi and that the individuals of India are battling against the Government of India. That the rulers want to isolate India, the individuals of India are prepared to unite the nation. We will come out on the street. Will you?”

The Delhi Police proceeded to refer to this discourse as ‘proof’ of Khalid’s expectation to incite viciousness yet additionally asserted he partook in mystery gatherings with Tahir Hussein and Khalid Saifi – who were booked in March and June, separately – where the alleged arrangement to trigger savagery was incubated.

Khalid’s name is referenced in two separate charge sheets – 65/2020 and 101/2020 – as a member in a gathering at Shaheen Bagh on January 8, 2020 where the scheme to utilize Trump’s visit to humiliate the Modi government originally came to fruition. Nonetheless, the police has not had the option to clarify how such an intrigue could have been imagined that day when there had been no declaration of Trump’s visit either by the Indian or US governments or even any media.

Written By Chanderveer Singh

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Police Link Yechury, Yogendra, Jayati Ghosh, Apoorvanand And Rahul Roy To Delhi Riots

Yogendra Yadav and Sitaram Yechury are of those conspicuous names included by Delhi Police in its divulgence of charge sheet in the February Delhi Riots case. Besides the CPI(M) general secretary and Swaraj Abhiyan pioneer, the Delhi Police has also named economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and activist Apoorvanand, and documentary producer Rahul Roy.

The Delhi Police has referenced that these people purportedly asked enemy of CAA protestors to go to any extreme. Likewise, the police additionally guarantee that these people spread discontent in the network by calling “CAA/NRC against Muslim” and sorted out exhibitions to “distort the image of the Government of India”.

The names showed up on page 17 out of chargesheet documented by the police in the riots case.

Brutal conflicts in Delhi’s North east between February 23 and 26 asserted 53 lives and left 581 harmed, 97 of them with gunshot wounds.

Mr. Yechury reacted to this on Twitter. “Delhi Police is under the Center and Home Ministry. Its ill-conceived, unlawful activities are an immediate result of the governmental issues of BJP’s top authority. They are frightened of authentic tranquil fights by standard ideological groups and are abusing state capacity to focus on the Opposition”.

As indicated by the Delhi Police, Yechuri, Yadav, Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy have been blamed on the reason for admissions of Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Gulfisha Fathima. While Kalita and Narwal are JNU scholars and individuals from ladies’ Pinjra Tod, Fathima is a scholar of Jamia Milia Islamia. Three of them were booked and interrogated regarding the savagery in Jaffrabad.

Mr. Yadav tweeted, “Strengthening charge sheet doesn’t specify me as co-conspirator or even as blamed. One passing reference to me and Yechury, in an unauthenticated police explanation (not acceptable in court) by one denounced.”

Written By Chanderveer Singh

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Fight of a Democrat Against Authoritarian Rule

Fight of a Democrat Against Authoritarian Rule

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”

It is widely known that Delhi Police made a spectacle of themselves not only at the time of the Delhi riots but also in its investigations. Several times, expressing disappointment at the Delhi Police, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India rebuked them.

Currently, for filing a separate petition seeking a cancellation of the bail granted to Faisal Farooq in connection with Delhi riots,  Justice Suresh Kumar Kait said that the Delhi Police was “misusing the judicial system” and taking the “system for a ride”.

Delhi CM Kejriwal’s groundwork on social issues like education, health, electricity, water supply etc. are evident but in the current situation, his fight for providing justice to the victims of Delhi riots manifests his democratic responsibility.

In a recent development, the Delhi government refuses to entertain a proposal that is sent by Delhi Police to appoint six senior lawyers, having names of Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta and Additional Solicitor General AmanLekhi, as special public prosecutors in 85 cases related to Delhi riots which held in late February this year.

The government in an official statement said that they refused this  proposal because the courts have raised “serious questions” on the “fairness” of the investigation in the riot cases.

This decision starts a fresh scuffle with lieutenant governor of Delhi as LG had already suggested the government to approve the panel chosen by police. However, no reaction is given by LG yet.

But as Delhi Police reports to union Home Ministry it can be anticipated that the government’s decision gives a chance to Lt Governor Anil Baijal to invoke Article 239AA(4), a constitutional provision that empowers him to refer any matter to the President of India over which there are “differences of opinion” with the elected government.

The tussle between LG and CM of Delhi is not new as in 2017 a plea was registered on  who enjoyed supremacy in governing the national capital, “The  Bench of the Supreme Court has  stated in its order dated July 4, 2018, that the lieutenant governor can exercise his constitutional powers over decisions of the democratically elected government only in the rarest of rare cases.”

Appointment of a panel of lawyers does not fall into any rare category. In reference to section 24 of the CrPC, the Delhi government has the right to appoint public prosecutors.

Almost 270 prominent figures of National capital Delhi have urged CM Arvind Kejriwal to initiate an autonomous probe under a retired judge into the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February this year. In reference to six proposals for demanding such a probe, a letter by the citizens said it would “bring confidence to the people of Delhi and take forward the necessity to punish those who are guilty and to bring justice to the victims of riots also.”

Police brutality and impartiality is evident in the case of Zargar, 27-year-old who was three months pregnant at the time of arrest is presently on bail citing humanitarian grounds. She was colligated with the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), which had orchestrated peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

On April 10, she was apprehended by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell in connection with the Jafrabad road-block case (FIR 48/2020). She got bail after three days. However, on the same day, her name was added to FIR 59/2020 which led to her arrest again. 

On April 21,  the UAPA was also added to the FIR and she was booked again under UAPA. However, police had not registered FIR against Kapil Mishra, until the court directed, who gave proactive speeches and used riot triggering words.

So at this time, the demeanour of police in favour of those who must be sentenced is clearly impartial. And the government who got reelected on the basis of their tireless work on social problems and needs is more credible.

The government must not impede from performing their duties by using the rarest of rare constitutional powers. At the time when there is no strong opposition in the country and the incumbent government is readily intruding into the constitutional bodies to a great extent than to save the democracy the state or UT’s government of other parties, who are people’s representatives not the mouthpiece of authoritarian government, are the last for the people. As we all know that decent dissent constitutes democracy.

Written By Chanderveer Singh

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