Court stays operation of search warrants against Delhi pogrom victms’ lawyer Mehmood Pracha

Mehmood Pracha
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A Delhi court on Wednesday passed an interim order staying the operation of search warrants against lawyer Mehmood Pracha in connection with the alleged use of forged documents in judicial records in a Northeast Delhi pogrom case.

Counterintelligence of the Special Cell had on Tuesday gone to conduct searches at the Nizamuddin East office of Pracha but returned after they found the office locked.

Following this, Pracha moved an application before a Chief Metropolitan Magistrate saying that the police have already collected documents and accessed all computers installed in his office during the raids conducted in December 2020.

In his plea, he had claimed that the case against him is completely baseless and has been instituted with the sole objective of hounding him at the behest of and as a part of conspiracy involving senior politicians, bureaucrats and even judicial officers.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at the Patiala House Court will pronounce orders in Pracha’s application on March 12.

Pracha is a prominent lawyer who had been handling cases of accused persons involved with the “Northeast Delhi riot cases” and had been instrumental in getting FIRs registered against the Hindu rioters for their role in anti-Muslim violence and Delhi Police for their “one-sided and mala fide investigation” due to which innocent Muslim youths were also implicated in the FIRs.

The earlier raid had been condemned by the local residents of violence-hit areas in Northeast Delhi and members of the legal fraternity, who called it a breach of attorney-client privilege.