August 25, 2023
In a significant development, a Delhi court has acquitted a man who was falsely implicated in a Delhi riots case, underscoring issues of lack of evidence and questionable police conduct during the investigation. The court’s ruling sheds light on the challenges faced by the legal system in ensuring a fair trial and upholding justice.
The accused, identified as Javed, was discharged by Judge Pramachala after it was revealed that the Delhi Police had concocted statements and invoked charges against him without proper verification of the facts. The court emphasized that the police invoked Section 436 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) without ascertaining the true nature of the situation, casting doubts on the validity of the charges.
The case stemmed from a first information report (FIR) registered on February 25, 2020, after multiple complaints were received regarding riots near RP Public School. The police combined these complaints and investigated them together, leading to Javed’s arrest on April 14, 2020. He was subsequently charged under various sections of the IPC.
Judge Pramachala’s detailed order highlighted a crucial flaw in the case. One of the complainants, master Salman, had been shot in the thigh by three individuals on the morning of February 25. The court noted that this incident did not align with the definition of a riotous mob, yet it was treated as such in the chargesheet. The court further revealed that Salman did not identify Javed as one of the culprits, and the investigating officer failed to corroborate the involvement of the accused.
During subsequent examinations, Salman provided varying descriptions of the incident, eventually stating that a mob of boys was responsible for the attack. However, he denied recognizing any individual shown in the photographs presented to him.
Prosecution Failed to Provide enough evidence
While the prosecution managed to establish the occurrence of riot and vandalism, they failed to provide conclusive evidence of Javed’s presence in the alleged unlawful assembly. As a result, the court concluded that the charges against Javed could not be upheld beyond reasonable doubt, leading to his acquittal.
This case marks the second instance in a week where the same judge criticized the Delhi Police’s handling of riot-related cases. On August 18, the court discharged three individuals—Akil Ahmad, Rahis Khan, and Irshad—of all charges, citing a “predetermined, mechanical, and erroneous manner” in which the police had filed the chargesheet.
These recent acquittals bring attention to the importance of a thorough and unbiased investigation process, especially in cases as sensitive as communal riots. The court’s rulings underscore the need for authorities to uphold the principles of justice and due process, ensuring that innocent individuals are not wrongfully accused and deprived of their rights.