Delhi riots complete a year, petition filed against extra judicial verdict

In the riots in the capital last year, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a fact-finding report (Fact-Judging Bodies) issued by various additional judicial bodies like the Delhi Minority Commission (DMC).

At the request of the lawyers in the Northeast Delhi riots in February last year, Chief Justice DN. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh’s bench have issued notice to various additional judicial bodies, including the Center, Delhi Police and the DMC, on their behalf. Petitioner’s law school was set on fire during the riot.

The communal clashes in Northeast Delhi on February 24, 2020, followed by violence between supporters and opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), killing 53 people and injuring more than 200. Applicants argue that when a charge sheet is filed with a registered FIR for burning the school, the fact-finding report issued by additional judicial bodies interferes with the proceedings.

The petition demanded that these reports be removed from public places and declared to be of no importance in the law. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who attended the center in this regard, told the court that the DMC is a statutory body and that its report can be requested by the lower court at any time. Even if the prosecution decides not to believe him.

He said the accused or the victim can rely on the report. Mehta said that while some reports are self-established, the DMC is a statutory body. The DMC’s Fact Finding Report has pointed to a BJP leader accused of provoking people through speeches during the Assembly elections.

The BJP objected to a DMC report alleging that the Delhi Minority Commission is making baseless allegations against the saffron party. The DMC’s 130-page report alleges that Delhi Police did not take action.

Let me tell you, the riots in Northeast Delhi last year completed a year today. In such a situation, Delhi Police is still unable to prosecute the accused.