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Delhi Violence: Supreme Court agrees to hear application for registration of FIRs on complaints made after the attacks

The applicants have also prayed for the grant of adequate protection to the protesters in Shaheen Bagh, contending that they are being threatened with similar violence.

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The Supreme Court Bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph today agreed to hear an application filed in the wake of the recent violence in Delhi.

Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph
Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph

The applicants, Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Wajahat Habibullah and Bahadul Abbas Naqvi, have prayed for directions to the Delhi Police to register FIRs based on complaints filed pertaining to the violence that began on February 23.

(L-R) Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Wajahat Habibullah and Bahadul Abbas Naqvi
(L-R) Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Wajahat Habibullah and Bahadul Abbas Naqvi

The applicants have also prayed for adequate protection to be granted to the protesters in Shaheen Bagh, in view of concerns that they are being threatened with similar violence.

In particular, the applicants refer to a tweet posted by BJP leader Kapil Mishra, where Mishra gave a "three-day ultimatum" to the Delhi Police to clear protests ongoing against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) in Jaffrabad and Chandhbagh.

Kapil Mishra's tweet dated February 23, referred to by the applicants
Kapil Mishra's tweet dated February 23, referred to by the applicants

Later, on the night of February 23, he is said to have mobilised a pro-CAA crowd near an anti-CAA protest site at Jaffrabad, where he used slogans to incite the the crowd. The applicants go on to contend that,

"In an orchestrated move, he left after having incited the crowd, after which violence erupted in Jaffrabad and the peaceful protestors were force to run for safety."

The police are yet to act on FIRs filed by persons injured on the night of February 23 amidst the violence, the applicants argue. As the violence escalated, it is contended that the Shaheen Bagh protestors are also now facing similar threats.

“Open threats are now being given to the protesters at Shaheen Bagh that they will meet the same fate as that meted out to the peaceful women protests at Jaffrabad, Chandbagh etc."

Applicants

The petition has been filed Advocate Mansoor Ali, and drawn and settled by Advocate Mehmood Pracha.

The plea will be taken up tomorrow, along with the petitions seeking the removal of anti-CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh.

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