[Breaking] Delhi Court directs preservation of video footage of police raids at the house of Adv. Mehmood Pracha

The issue of supply of the video footage to Pracha shall be decided at an appropriate stage.
[Breaking] Delhi Court directs preservation of video footage of police raids at the house of Adv. Mehmood Pracha
Mehmood Pracha, Patiala House CourtDelhi Court

A Delhi Court has directed the preservation of the entire video footage of the police raids at the house of Adv Mehmood Pracha.

Udbhav Kumar Jain, Duty Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court, however, said that the question regarding supply of video footage to Pracha can be decided by the relevant court at an appropriate stage.

"At this stage, only directions for preserving the video footage is deemed necessary. The concerned court can take a call on supplying the video footage to the applicant (Pracha) at an appropriate stage.

Let the entire video footage of the search be preserved with the seal of this court and be placed before the concerned court for orders accordingly,” the Court said.

Pursuant to the Court’s order passed on December 25, the Investigating Officer appeared before the court today with the seized case property and video footage of the search.

The Court was informed that the same was handed over to the Malkhana department and was being maintained as per the applicable rules.

The Court also recorded that the report on the execution of the search warrant had also been supplied to Pracha.

Before the Court, Pracha raised queries with regard to the duration of the video footage and reiterated his demand for supply of the same.

The Court adjourned hearing in the case till January 5 when arguments on the issue of supply of video footage are expected to take place.

Pracha, who has been representing the accused in Delhi riots cases, was raided by the Delhi Police on December 24. The Police claimed that it was searching for "incriminating documents" and meta data of the outbox of the official email id of Pracha's firm.

He had later moved the Patiala House court in Delhi seeking preservation of copies of the video footage of the raids conducted by Delhi police at his office on Thursday.

[Read order]

Mehmood Pracha vs State 27.12.2020.pdf

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