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Delhi Riots: 'Delay In Hearing Is Emboldening The Police To Make Illegal Arrests', Colin Gonsalves Informs Delhi HC

Karan Tripathi
17 Sep 2020 7:16 AM GMT
Delhi Riots: Delay In Hearing Is Emboldening The Police To Make Illegal Arrests, Colin Gonsalves Informs Delhi HC

Today during the hearing on cases pertaining to the Delhi riots, Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves informed the Delhi High Court that delay caused in taking up these matters for arguments is emboldening the police to make illegal arrests.

'Delay is emboldening the police, so many illegal arrests have taken place because of this', Mr Gonsalves argued.

The submission was made before the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan in a matter concerning a bunch of petitions seeking independent inquiry and registration of FIRs for communal violence that took place in the northeast districts of Delhi.

The court has been adjourning these matters for the reason that it wants to complete the hearing on Jamia violence matters first.

'We first want to finish the other batch matters concerning Jamia violence. We will hear matters pertaining to Delhi riots after that', the court said.

Due to these repeated adjournments, Mr Gonsalves argued that the court must take up these matters regardless of the progress made in the other matters.

'Due to the illegal arrests that have been taking place, we want to seek transfer of investigation to an independent agency both in this matter and the matter pertaining to Jamia violence', he argued.

Echoing the concern for urgent hearing, Advocate Tara Narula also argued that since the final charge-sheet in the Delhi riots cases has been filed yesterday, and the trial will commence shortly, it is pertinent to commence arguments in these writ petitions as expeditiously as possible.

After taking these concerns on record, the court reiterated that it will hear these matters after completing the hearing on Jamia matters.

The court then adjourned the matters pertaining to Delhi riots till October 01.

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