Delhi HC overturns trial court order, frames charges against Shrajeel Imam, 8 others

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday partially set aside a trial court’s order dated February 4, which had discharged the 11 accused, including Sharjeel Imam, Asif Iqbal Tanha and Safoora Zargar in the 2019 Jamia violence case.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday framed charges against nine of the 11 accused, including Sharjeel Imam, Asif Iqbal Tanha and Safoora Zargar under various offences on the revision plea of police against a trial court’s order in the 2019 Jamia violence case.

The trial court had discharged the 11 accused in an order pronounced on February 4.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma framed charges against nine accused under various offences, including rioting, unlawful assembly and more.

Justice Swarna Kanta Sharma in her judgment said that prima facie, as seen in videos, the accused were in the first line of the mob and they were raising slogans of “Delhi police murdabad”, adding that they consciously chose to be a part of the unlawful assembly.

However, the court has partially discharged them of various other offences.

The court has charged Mohd Qasim, Mahmood Anwar, Shahzar Raza, Umair Ahmed, Mohd Bilal Nadeem, Sharjeel Imam, Chanda Yadav, Safoora Zargar under Sections 143, 147, 149, 186, 353, 427 of the IPC as well as sections of the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act.

Justice Sharma charged Mohd Shoaib and Mohd Abuzar under Section 143 of the IPC and discharged from all other sections.

In Asif Iqbal Tanha’s case, the court discharged him of Sections 308, 323, 341 and 435 and framed charges under other Sections.

A copy of the detailed order is awaited.

Judge Sharma had, on March 23, reserved the judgement on the plea.

In December 2019 violence erupted at Jamia Millia Islamia after a clash between the police and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters.

All 11 accused persons — Imam, Tanha, Zargar, Abuzar, Umair Ahmed, Mohd Shoaib, Mahmood Anwar, Mohd Qasim, Mohd Bilal Nadeem, Shahzar Raza Khan, and Chanda Yadav — were discharged by the trial court on February 4, but it had, however, framed charges of unlawful assembly and rioting against Mohd Ilyas.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Verma had pulled up the police while discharging the accused persons, saying that police were unable to apprehend the actual perpetrators behind the commission of the offence, but surely managed to rope in these 11 accused as “scapegoats”. — IANS

Also read-


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Stories

Delhi HC refuses to direct Centre to impose ‘total prohibition’ on cow slaughter

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court has declined to direct the Centre to implement a complete ban on the slaughter of cows and...

Take no action on notice to mosques for encroachment: Delhi HC to Railways

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Railways not to take any action pursuant to its notices pasted on two...

Delhi court acquits man in 2020 riots case; pulls up police for falsely citing...

A Delhi court has pulled up the Delhi Police for falsely claiming that a complainant can identify the accused in a case pertaining to...

Delhi HC seeks JMI’s response on plea challenging removal of SC/ST quota for teaching...

The Delhi High Court Friday sought a response from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) regarding a petition seeking an expedited hearing challenging the varsity’s decision...
Varanasi : The Varanasi court on Thursday granted 10 more days to the ASI to complete the Gyanvapi survey and submit report, said Hindu side counsel Madan Mohan Yadav. The ASI had sought three weeks’ time to submit the report,...
Muzaffarnagar : Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a Muslim body, has raised objections to a recent fashion show held in a local college where participants walked down the ramp wearing burqas. The convener of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in Muzaffarnagar, Maulana Mukarram Qasmi, in a...
Srinagar : National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday expressed concern over what he called the “legitimisation of discrimination” against Muslims across the country. “Some policies and actions pursued in various states across the country are providing political patronage...
Mumbai : Under the leadership of former MP Husain Dalwai, a delegation of the Maulana Azad Vichar Munch presented a memorandum to the Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. Ramesh Bais, discussing issues regarding the education, reservation, and protection of the...
Ahmedabad : The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on the use of loudspeakers for azaan or the Islamic call to prayer at mosques, terming the plea as “wholly misconceived.” A division...