Detention of Delhi riots accused extended under UAPA for police to finish probe

A man walks by a fire burning at a walkway in Northeast Delhi’s Gokulpuri on 25 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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New Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday extended the time period for the Special Cell of Delhi Police to complete its probe in one of the cases related to Northeast Delhi riots that broke out in February this year.

The case involved 19 people against whom stringent charges under the anti-terror law — Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA) — have been invoked.

While 15 of them are in judicial custody, four are on bail. Besides the UAPA, they have also been booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including murder and attempt to murder.

Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat accepted the application filed by special public prosecutor Amit Prasad, seeking extension of time for probe against 10 of the 15 accused, including former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan and Pinjra Tod member Devangna Kalita.

“After perusing the present application-cum-report of the special public prosecutor and the case diary and record, I am satisfied that the prosecution has been able to make out a case for extension of the period of investigation and detention of the accused,” the judge recorded in his 14-page order, giving time until 17 September to the Special Cell to wrap up its probe.

The court also extended the detention period of the 10 accused, which means they may not be able to get bail before 17 September. 

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