Delhi riots: HC seeks response of Centre, police, state govt on plea to preserve CCTV footage of violence

The plea filed by the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind said Delhi Police should be directed to preserve CCTV footage of the riot affected areas from 23 February to 1 March and should not remove debris without collecting evidence from the site

Press Trust of India March 16, 2020 16:52:22 IST
Delhi riots: HC seeks response of Centre, police, state govt on plea to preserve CCTV footage of violence

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday sought responses from the Centre, the police and the AAP government on a plea seeking directions to Delhi Police to preserve the CCTV footage of the recent riots in northeast Delhi.

Delhi riots HC seeks response of Centre police state govt on plea to preserve CCTV footage of violence

File image of the Delhi High Court. PTI

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notices to the authorities and listed the matter for further hearing on 27 March.

The plea filed by the Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind said Delhi Police should be directed to preserve CCTV footage of the riot affected areas from 23 February to 1 March and should not remove debris without collecting evidence from the site.

It also sought FIRs against those involved in the violence and setting up of Special Investigation Team comprising retired judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court.

"There are serious allegations of damaging the CCTV cameras installed in the riots affected areas by the police which is evident from the videos surfaced and circulating in the social media," the plea said, adding that the debris has been deliberately removed to destroy the evidence from the incident site.

It claimed that FIRs have not been lodged against persons responsible for the riots and alleged that the police is not accepting the complaint in which the accused are named and they are insisting to give complaint against unknown persons.

It alleged that the father of one of the riot victims has made specific allegation against BJP leader Kapil Mishra as being responsible for the death of his son and the riots.

The plea further sought taking legal and disciplinary action against police officials for their alleged inaction or active participation in the riots and destruction of evidence.

It has also sought direction to the Delhi government to provide adequate compensation to the victims that is commensurate with the scheme for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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