You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Delhi riots: Court takes cognisance of 2 chargesheets against Tahir, others

A Delhi court has taken cognisance of charge sheets filed against suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain and others in two cases related to the communal violence in north east Delhi in February.

Delhi court | communal violence

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

delhi violence
Rioters during a clash on Tuesday in Northeast Delhi, where fresh violence erupted between people demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law | PTI

A has taken cognisance of charge sheets filed against suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain and others in two separate cases related to the in north east Delhi in February.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purshotam Pathak said there was sufficient material on record to take cognisance of the offences under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Hussain, Tanvir Malik, Gulfam, Nazim, Kasim, Shah Alam, Riyasat Ali and Liyakat Ali in the case related to riots in Dayalpur area.

The offences include rioting (section 147 and 148), unlawful assembly (149), attempt to murder (307), and criminal conspiracy (120-B).

The court also took cognisance of the charge sheet against 16 accused, including Hussain, for offences under various sections of the IPC, including abetment (Section 109), obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions (147, 148, 149, 186), assault to deter public servant (353), dacoity (395), mischief by fire or explosive substances (426), house trespass after preparation for assault (452).

The charge sheet was filed in June against Hussain, Liyakat Ali, Riyasat Ali, Shah Alam, Mohd Shadab, Mohd Abid, Rashid Saifi, Gulfam, Arshad Qayyum, Irshad Ahmad, Mohammad Rihan, Tariq Moin Rizvi, Jagar Khan, HaziIshaq Malik, Mohd Illiyas and Khalid Saifi.

The offences entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

In both the cases, the court did not take cognisance of the offences under sections 153 A (promoting enmity between groups based on religion, caste, language etc), 505 (public mischief) and some sections of the Arms Act as the sanction required for proceeding against these has not been obtained by the police yet.

The investigating officer (IO) of Delhi Police informed the court that a letter has been sent to the competent authority, but it is not clear as to how much time it would take for obtaining the sanction.

The police said that after obtaining the sanction it would be submitted to the court through a supplementary charge sheet.

The court noted, in its order passed on October 12, that there was no time frame for obtaining the sanctions and any delay in proceeding further in the matters would unnecessarily defeat the purpose for which the special courts for trial of riot cases have been created.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, October 13 2020. 19:56 IST