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Delhi pogrom: Court grants bail to Muslim youth, says serious doubt on police witnesses

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A Delhi court granted bail to Shah Alam, a Muslim youth accused in a case related to the northeast Delhi violence of 2020 while raising serious doubts on the testimonies of police witnesses as the complainant had not called the police on the day of the incident.

“The applicant is not visible in any CCTV footage/video clip. No recovery of any sort has been affected from the applicant. It is a matter of record that the statements (recorded under Section 161Cr.PC) of PWs Kuldeep Bansal and Narender Bansal are “undated” and no suitable/plausible explanation in this regard has been accorded on behalf of investigating agency. Be that as it may, it is further a matter of record that even no call at number 100 was made by the aforesaid witnesses on the date of incident,” Indian Express quoted court as saying.

“This casts a serious doubt upon the credibility of aforesaid police witnesses,” Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav said.

Shah Alam was accused in the case in which a 19-year-old Prince Bansal sustained gunshot injuries.

The court alo observed that Bansal did not specifically name Shah Alam in his complaint dated 02.03.2020.

“What had stopped police constables from reporting the matter then and there at the police station or to bring the same in the knowledge of higher police officers?” the court questioned.

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