- Apprentice Lawyer
Advocate Mehmood Pracha, one of the lawyers appearing in the Delhi Riots and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) cases has 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.
Pracha has stated that the investigation by the police was video recorded by the police itself but they have refused to share the footage of the same with Pracha.
Duty Magistrate Anshul Singhal asked Delhi Police to file its response to the plea by December 27. It also directed the investigating officer to be present in the court on the next hearing date along with the complete video footage of the search on Pracha's office premises.
Pracha has also prayed for the probe to be monitored by the court. As recorded in the order passed by the Duty Magistrate, Pracha told the Court that the investigating officer threatened him that they will file false cases against him. He was, therefore, constrained to file an application under Section 156(3) of Code of Criminal Procedure, seeking continuous monitoring of the case, Pracha submitted.
Pracha has submitted that the investigating agency "displayed an egregious example of lawlessness and illegalities under the guise of investigation during their attempt to search for articles under the orders of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, New Delhi District."
As per sources, Pracha's office was raided by a Special Cell of the Delhi Police. 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.