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Delhi HC Grants Time to Zee News to Disclose Source of Alleged Confessional Statement of Delhi Riots Accused

Lawstreet Journal 20 Oct 2020 7:57pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi HC Grants Time to Zee News to Disclose Source of Alleged Confessional Statement of Delhi Riots Accused

In the case, Asif Iqbal Tanha v. State & others the Delhi High Court on October 19, 2020, rejected Zee News’ request to submit in a sealed cover the name of the journalist who had procured the alleged confessional statement of a Delhi riot accused.

Asif Iqbal Tanha 24-year-old student of Jamia Millia Islamia was arrested by Delhi police on May 19, 2020, in connection with the violence in North East Delhi in February 2020 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The officials had said that Asif Iqbal Tanha is a close associate of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider, and Safoora [Zargar] who had been the key members of Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests and riots in Delhi. 

After the arrest, there have been various news reports including reports made by zee news claimed that Asif Iqbal Tanha has confessed to organizing and inciting communal riots that occurred in North-East Delhi in February 2020.

Aggrieved by such news reports Asif Iqbal Tanha filed a petition in Delhi High Court for seeking a direction against media channels to take down this information.

He alleges that this information was allegedly leaked by Delhi police to media channels and it was done to prejudice his right to a fair trial.

The DCP of the Special Cell New Delhi said before the Court that none of the police personnel leaked out any such details of the investigation to the media channels. 

The Bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru heard the arguments made by advocate Sowjhanya Shankaran representing petitioner Asif Iqbal Tanha.

It was also submitted before the Court that the petitioner was… Continue Reading...


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