A Delhi court has strongly disapproved of lawyer Mehmood Pracha’s submissions while dismissing a defendant on bail in a murder-related violence-related case in northeast Delhi last February.
Supplementary Sessions Judge Virender Bhat stated in an order on November 11: “The defendant / applicant’s submission is certainly not tasteful. These are noted with great disgust, disgust and strong disapproval. “
The attorney has not referred to any material on file to support his claim that the riots were non-communal or the work of a political party, the court said.
The court further stated that it is the lawyer himself who is now painting all of the Delhi police with a municipal paintbrush, saying that the criminal proceedings related to the riot are aimed solely at members of the Muslim community.
The attorney’s statement was not only highly irresponsible, but also obviously wrong, it said.
That court, in handling the riot-related cases, found that members of both communities were charged as defendants and charged by the police, it said.
In some cases it has been observed that witnesses from the Hindu community are cited against defendants belonging to the same community and witnesses from the Muslim community are cited against the defendants belonging to the same community.
The police seem to have done their job with the utmost integrity, and certainly not at the local level. Some neglects may have occurred in the investigation of these riot-related cases, but even those neglects do not indicate that the investigation was unfair, impartial or carried out at a community level, the court said.
The court dismissed the defendant Arif’s request for bail, but stated that the allegations were very grave. He is said to have been involved not only in the murder of an Alok Tiwari, but also in the murder of two other people – Dinesh and Veerbhan. The evidence available in this case indicates prima facie that the applicant was a member of an illegal assembly that attacked and killed an Alok Tiwari, it said.