A Delhi court on Thursday directed the prison authorities to produce CCTV camera footage after Muslim student and anti-CAA leader Sharjeel Imam said that the Tihar Jail assistant superintendent and others had assaulted him inside his cell.

Ten days ago, on 4 July, Imam who is in jail under draconian UAPA, had filed a plea about assault inside the prison. He alleged that the jail assistant superintendent along with eight to 10 persons had entered his cell under the pretext of conducting a search and then proceeded to physically assault him, called him a terrorist and an anti-national.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat Thursday sought the CCTV footage from all cameras at the spot between 6 pm and 8 pm on June 30, when the incident occurred, Live Law reported.

Earlier, in his plea, Imam had asked the court to direct jail authorities to preserve video recorded in CCTV camera of the jail from 7.15 pm to 8.30 pm on June 30, when the incident took place.

The judge also asked the Tihar Jail superintendent to appear for the next day of hearing on July 20.

The jail superintendent did not take any action on the matter, Imam said to the court.

Imam, a research student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, was charged under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in April 2020 for making speeches against the government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

This article first appeared in maktoobmedia.com