Delhi pogrom: Court grants bail to three persons, slams police for their untested claims

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Delhi pogrom

By Muslim Mirror Staff

A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to three personsShah Alam, Rashid Saifi and Mohd Shadab – in a case related to the anti-Muslim riots that gripped north-eastern parts of Delhi in February, legal website Live Law reported.

They were accused of allegedly looting, vandalising and torching a shop in Dayalpur area during the riots.

The court raised concerns over the police’s investigation saying that from among the “riotous” mob of several hundred who vandalised several shops, the police till date has been able to identify the aforementioned three persons only.

It maintained that the police have given no explanation as to why there was a 40-day gap between the incident and recording of statement of the beat constable, who identified the three persons as accused in the matter.

The court said that even the statements of the public eye witnesses in the case were recorded recently by the investigating officer (IO), much after the filing of the charge sheet.

The Court took into account the fact that the applicants have neither been named in the FIR nor there are any specific allegations against them by any of the complainants. Admittedly, no CCTV footage/viral video capturing the presence of applicants at the scene of crime on the date of the incident was available on record.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav granted the relief to Alam, Saifi and Shadab on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 20,000 with one surety of like amount each in the case.

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