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Delhi Riots: Delhi HC issues notice in plea to preserve video footage of riots

Notice has been issued to the Central Government, Delhi Government and Delhi Police.

Aditi Singh

The Delhi High Court today issued notice in a petition seeking the preservation of video footage pertaining to the riots that broke out in North East Delhi last month.

The petition also seeks a direction to not remove the debris from the riot sites without collecting evidence.

Notice was issued to the Central Government, Delhi Government and Delhi Police by a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar in the plea filed by the Jamait Ulma-I-Hind.

The petitioner also seeks a direction to the authorities to register FIRs against rioters/culprits and investigation by a Special Investigation Team under the aegis of the retired Supreme Court or High Court Judge.

Disciplinary and criminal action is also sought against Delhi Police personnel who are liable for their deliberate inaction or actively participating in riots and destruction of evidence.

The petitioner further seeks adequate compensation for the victims, similar to the compensation awarded to the victims of the 1984 riots. Prayers have also been made for the introduction of specific provisions under the Indian Penal Code for provocation of violence in specific cases and prohibiting incitement of hate.

The matter would be heard next on March 27.

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