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Shahrukh Pathan attacked by jail authorities, Delhi HC asks him to approach trial court for early hearing

The Delhi High Court Thursday asked Shahrukh Pathan, accused in 2020 northeast Delhi pogrom cases, to move an application before trial court for advancing the hearing of his petition alleging that he was assaulted by jail officials.

Since a plea has already been moved before trial court, it would be appropriate if an application is moved seeking early hearing before the concerned court, said Justice Amit Sharma, who was hearing a similar petition moved by Pathan, Live Law reported.

“You move an application for early hearing before trial court. If nothing happens, we will see.
We will give you the liberty,” Justice Sharma said.

Pathan’s counsel, in an application to the Karkardooma Court, had said that he was assaulted by the Rajesh Dahiya, the Assistant Jail Superintendent on 30 January.

“Assistant Jail Superintendent by the name of Rajesh Dahiya slapped the applicant on his face and started threatening and abusing the applicant with dire consequences for having pointed his pistol at a person of his cast/(Gotra) and threatened the applicant that they would kill him before the trial concludes and that all this was done amidst the presence of all the other Jail officials,” read the application.

In the application, the counsel requested the court to set up a proper enquiry into the matter and demanded “appropriate legal action be taken against such persons and that a status report of the enquiry be filed on record.”

Pathan is an accused in various cases registered during the Delhi pogrom including FIR 51/2020, relating to an incident wherein he was captured pointing a gun towards the police and Hindutva mob who were attacking Muslims during the pogrom. The pictures of it had gone viral on the social media.

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