Judicial custody of Delhi riots accused Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Tahir Hussain extended till February 16

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New Delhi, 02 February: The Karkardooma Court of Delhi has extended the judicial custody of all Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) accused including the jailed Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Tahir Hussain, till February 16 in the Delhi riot case.

All the accused were produced before the court of Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, after which the court extended the judicial custody of all till February 16.

All the accused, except Dewangan Kalita and Natasha Narwal, were produced in the court during the hearing.

Meanwhile, Kalita and Narwal were presented through video conferencing.

During the hearing, the Jail Superintendent said that the chargesheets of the accused Shifa-ur-Rehman and Ishrat Jahan have been made available on the computer. An accused Athar Khan filed an application for making clothes, bottles and stationery items available in the jail.

On this, The Court directed the Jail Superintendent to provide all the goods as per the jail rules.

Accused Ishrat Jahan demanded from the court that after going to jail from the court, she should be directed to be sent to barrack instead of mill. The court directed the decision on Ishrat Jahan’s plea as per jail rules.

During the hearing, the lawyers of all the accused demanded from the court that they should be allowed to meet their family members in the court. The court granted their application and allowed all the accused to meet their family members in the court.

Another accused Gulfisha sought to provide books and stationery items to the jail. The court directed the jail administration to decide the application of Gulfisha as per the jail rules.

During the hearing, advocate Mahmood Pracha demanded that permission be granted to meet the accused Taslim and Gulfisha. The court allowed Mahmud Pracha to meet the two accused for ten minutes.

The lawyers of all the accused demanded that the accused should not be sent to quarantine after returning from court to jail. He said that jail staffs are also not sent to quarantine after returning from court. There should be a rule of equality with the court staff and the accused. The court then said that the quarantine rule would be equal for all and that there would be no discrimination as per the rules.

Today the judicial custody of all the accused was coming to an end.

Last January 19, the court extended judicial custody of all the accused till date.

During the hearing on January 14, during the hearing through video conferencing, Omar Khalid had said that a deliberate media trial is going on against him. Reporting is being done against him as if he is guilty. He said that this could affect fair trials.

Omar Khalid had said that he had kept these things in the court during the earlier hearing. Despite that, front page news is being made that Omar Khalid and Tahir Hussain conspired in the riots. It is when the disclosure statement clearly states that it is forbidden to sign. This simply means that the police can write anything. These statements have no legal validity.

On this, the court said that this matter is with us and we do not want to say anything. The court had told Omar Khalid that if he wanted, he should tell his lawyer to include the relevant media report in the application.

The Karkardooma court took cognizance of the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch on January 5.

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