The February 2020 abandon in Delhi had larboard 53 bodies asleep and over 700 injured. (File)
Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Affiliation Admiral Shifa-Ur-Rehman, who was arrested beneath the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in affiliation with the Delhi riots, asked in the cloister today why no case was registered adjoin Union Abbot Anurag Thakur, BJP baton Kapil Mishra, and others for allegedly instigating riots.
During the bond hearing, Shifa's lawyer, Abhishek Singh, showed Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat a complaint filed by him on January 30, 2020, gluttonous allotment of a aboriginal advice address adjoin Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra, addition BJP baton Parvesh Sharma, and Jamia Shooter Ram Bhakt Gopal for allegedly "instigating riots".
"Did the case alike bother to alarm them as assemblage or accused or affair a apprehension that we appetite to apperceive something? Because they said 'shoot xyz' so they apperceive who those bodies are. They will at atomic accept some evidence. Why was no FIR registered adjoin them? This was the complaint I was pursuing," Mr Singh said.
According to the complaint, as apprehend by the advocate in the court, Shifa mentioned that Kapil Mishra took out a assemblage in which slogans to shoot were raised, afterward which Anurag Thakur on January 28, 2020, said: "
In January 2020, Anurag Thakur had allegedly egged on participants of an acclamation assemblage to accession an damaging slogan. While the abbot aloft the byword "
. (the traitors of the country)", the army responded by chanting: "
Shifa is accused of accession money to armamentarium assorted demonstration protests adjoin Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). He, forth with several others, has been appointed beneath the anti-terror law in the case for actuality the "masterminds" of the February 2020 violence, which had larboard 53 bodies asleep and over 700 injured.
Alluding to the declared funding, the advocate affirmed that Shifa had fabricated "some banking arrangements" but questioned whether advantageous some protestors accomplish it an answerability beneath the acrimonious UAPA.
Advocate Singh emphasised that actuality a affiliate or admiral of the alumni affiliation or a protester is not an answerability as bodies are advantaged to their assessment and can affably beef adjoin anything.
"Why accept I been roped in? I abort to understand. There is a axiological appropriate to protest. If a assertive area of association is afflicted by assertive legislation and beef adjoin it, that is not a crime. They can protest," the advocate told the court.
Furthermore, Shifa's admonition approved bond for him adage that there has been a analytical abuse of his axiological rights and that he cannot be put in the bracket of rioters. He additionally apprehend his WhatsApp chats to appearance that there was no account of violence.
Besides him, above JNU apprentice baton Umar Khalid, JNU acceptance Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee associates Safoora Zargar, above AAP councillor Tahir Hussain and several others accept additionally been appointed beneath the acrimonious law in the case.
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