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2019 Jamia CAA protest: As police fails to send case file to SPP, Court seeks explanation

Safoora Zargar During Jamia protest

A Delhi Court has sought an explanation from DCP Crime Branch for failing to inform a Special Public Prosecutor about the case case connected to the anti-CAA protest and subsequent police violence broke out at Jamia Millia Islamia University in December 2019, for nearly a year since his appointment.

“It is pertinent to note that the matter has been pending since 2019, and the Ld. Spl PP has been appointed since 26.07.2021, but the IO/ACP and DCP did not bring the matter to the notice of Ld. Spl PP, due to which the Ld. Spl PP has sought sometime to address arguments,” Live Law quotes the court as ordering.

“Let copy of this order be sent to concerned DCP Crime Branch to give explanation as to why the file was not brought to the notice of Ld. Spl PP despite him being appointed as per above mentioned notification. Report be filed on the next date of hearing,” the court ordered.

Student leaders Sharjeel Imam, Safoora Zargar, Mohd Ilyas, Belaal Nadeem, Shahzar Raza Khan, Mahmood Anwar, Mohd Qasim, Umair Ahmad, Chanda Yadav and Abuzar are accused in the FIR.

The FIR has been registered under Sections 143, 147, 148, 149, 186, 353, 332, 333, 308, 427, 435, 323, 341, 120B and 34 of IPC.

The matter is presently at the stage of framing of charges, according to legal website.

The matter has now been listed for arguments on charge on December 13.

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