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‘Non-Application of Mind by Police Which Goes to the Extent of Vindictiveness’: Delhi Court Grants Bail to Activist Khalid Saifi in Delhi Riots Case [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 5 Nov 2020 11:30pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary ‘Non-Application of Mind by Police Which Goes to the Extent of Vindictiveness’: Delhi Court Grants Bail to Activist Khalid Saifi in Delhi Riots Case [READ ORDER]

On Wednesday (04 December, 2020), Delhi Court granted bail to Khalid Saifi who is an activist in ‘United Against Hate’, in a case related to the Northeast Delhi riots in February this year.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav of Karkardooma Court observed that, “ In my humble opinion, chargesheeting the applicant in this case on the basis of such an insignificant material is total non-application of mind by the police which goes to the extent of vindictiveness”.

This observance was made while referring to oral evidence relied upon by the Delhi police to allege that Khalid Saifi was a part of the conspiracy behind the Delhi riots. The witness had told the police that Saifi was seen dropping off Tahir Hussain who was accused of murder of Ankit Sharma, IB Officer outside a building on February 27 after that he had seen Saifi and Umar Khalid going into the building. 

On this, the Judge observed that,

The sole evidence of the so called conspiracy is a statement of PW Rahul Kasana, wherein he stated on 27.09.2020 that he was standing outside a building in the area of Shaheen Bagh, where he had dropped principal accused Tahir Hussain and thereafter he saw applicant and Umar Khalid going into the same building. I fail to understand from the aforesaid statement how a lofty claim a conspiracy can be inferred”.

The Court noted that if Tahir Hussain, the principal accused, was moved by the Saifi in the meeting, then he should have also been the co-accused in ten… Continue Reading...


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