Delhi riots: AAP govt gives approval to prosecute Umar Khalid under UAPA

Delhi Police said it needs sanction from the AAP govt to prosecute under Sections 16, 17, 18 of UAPA and from MHA to prosecute under Section 13 of Act, which has already been approved

Press Trust of India November 06, 2020 18:52:03 IST
Delhi riots: AAP govt gives approval to prosecute Umar Khalid under UAPA

It is alleged that though the Left, liberals protested vehemently against the arrest of Umar Khalid (pictured here), a left-wing activist, they were silent when Sharjeel Imam — someone who disagrees with them — was arrested. | Image via Facebook/@UmarKhalidJNU

New Delhi: Police have received prosecution sanction from the Arvind Kejriwal government against Umar Khalid, a former JNU student leader, in connection with a case related to the February communal violence in northeast Delhi, officials said on Friday.

"We have given prosecution sanction in all the Delhi riots related cases registered by the police. Now, it is up to the courts to see who are the accused," a senior Delhi government functionary said.

The sanction has been received against Khalid in the Delhi riots conspiracy case, in which he was booked under the stringent anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

A senior police officer said that police have received prosecution sanction from both the Delhi government and the Union Home Ministry against Khalid in connection with Delhi riots conspiracy case.

"We have received prosecution sanction against Umar Khalid in connection with a case registered against him under the UAPA. We have received sanctions from both the Delhi government and the Ministry of Home Affairs, the officer said.

The officer said that the prosecution sanctions against Khalid were received a fortnight ago and added that the Delhi Police can now name Khalid in their supplementary charge sheet.

"To prosecute one under section 13 of the UAPA, we need sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs, which we have already received. For prosecution under section —16,17 and 18 of the UAPA, we have received sanction from the Delhi government," the officer said.

Khalid was arrested on 13 September under the UAPA act in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi.

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