April 18, 2021

Delhi riots: Court docket seeks police reply on ‘leak’ of cost sheet in opposition to Umar Khalid to media



New Delhi: A court docket right here on Thursday sought reply from the police as to how the copy of a supplementary cost sheet, filed in opposition to former JNU scholar chief Umar Khalid in a north-east Delhi riots case, was allegedly leaked to the media even earlier than the accused or his counsel obtained it. Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Dinesh Kumar directed Delhi Police to file the reply by January 14 on how the cost sheet was allegedly leaked to the media earlier than the court docket took cognisance of it.

Khalid’s plea mentioned that the allegations within the supplementary cost sheet and its dissemination by the media had been allegedly “false” and “malicious” and compromised his proper to a good trial.

He had earlier alleged that the media was conducting a “vicious media marketing campaign” in opposition to him and sought the court docket’s instructions to the police on how the media obtained the cost sheet even earlier than he or his counsel obtained it.

Throughout Thursday’s listening to, Khalid mentioned: “As I had talked about earlier, even earlier than the cost sheet was equipped to me, it was already within the public area and media was reporting from it. I obtained to know from information reviews that the cost sheet made point out of a disclosure assertion by me and primarily based on that so-called disclosure assertion, media had reported that I had admitted my function.

“Once I obtained the cost sheet, it’s written beneath my so-called disclosure assertion ‘refused to signal’. Regardless of that it’s leaked after which it’s reported like this.

“This isn’t the primary time. It has occurred earlier than too. A factor first comes within the public area in an unprofessional means after which it involves the courtroom. Once I learn these reviews in jail, it causes me deep anguish. I do not anticipate this to be the final time additionally on the a part of the police. This has been performed in different instances too. My solely hope rests with you to make sure that these sorts of practices do not occur once more, ” Khalid claimed.

He additional mentioned that the cost sheets talked about sure movies which haven’t been equipped to him.

To this, the decide requested his counsel to make an inventory of all of the poor paperwork and inform the court docket on the following date of listening to.

The court docket additionally requested the investigating officer to tell the court docket concerning the particulars of the movies and why they haven’t been equipped to the accused.

Although Khalid’s utility, moved on January four had sought rapid provide of the cost sheets to him in order that he can situation clarifications or guard himself in opposition to any “unfair” publicity, his counsel instructed the court docket on Thursday that since they’ve been equipped with the cost sheets, the immediacy of the plea has handed.

Khalid’s utility said, “The cost sheet has not been offered to the accused. Nonetheless, it’s amply evident from a number of information reviews, each print and tv, that the cost sheet has been leaked to the media. Sure parts of the print and tv media have been citing purported segments of the supplementary cost sheet to convey that the accused has inter alia admitted to having conspired to gas the north east Delhi riots of February 2020, and to having concerned kids and ladies for organising chakka jams.”

It additional mentioned: “It’s respectfully submitted that for causes outlined within the current utility, the purported allegations in addition to its dissemination by the media, are false, malicious and severely compromise the accused’s proper to a good trial.”

It mentioned that not one of the information reviews embrace that the contents of the cost sheet are mere allegations at this stage.

It claimed there was no clarification that disclosure statements made in police custody are wholly inadmissible in proof and don’t have any foundation in regulation.

“It’s nothing wanting vilification marketing campaign primarily based on wholly false and malicious assertions aimed toward eroding the accused’s proper to a good trial,” it alleged.

Khalid was arrested within the case in October final yr for allegedly conspiring with suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain, co-accused within the matter, to gas riots in Khajuri Khas space.

Communal violence had damaged out in northeast Delhi on February 24 final yr after clashes between the Citizenship (Modification) Act supporters and protesters spiralled uncontrolled leaving at the least 53 folks lifeless and round 200 injured.