Burnt-out and damaged residential premises and shops after the Delhi violence in February 2020. | Sajjad Hussain/AFP

A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted a man in connection with a case related to the 2020 riots after observing that his identification was an “outcome of an afterthought development” by the police, PTI reported.

The court was hearing a case against Noor Mohammad, accused of being a part of a mob that looted and set ablaze a tailoring shop in the Khajuri Khas area of the national capital on February 24, 2020.

Communal violence had broken out between the supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and those opposing the law in North East Delhi between February 23 and February 26, 2020. The violence claimed 53 lives and hundreds were injured. The majority of those killed were Muslims.

The Delhi Police arrested Mohammad and filed a chargesheet under sections related to rioting, unlawful assembly, arson and robbery.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala noted that the prosecution had relied upon the testimonies of the complainant Mohammad Hanif and beat constable Sangram Singh in the case, according to PTI.

The judge also said that he found the statement of Investigation Officer Jeevanand contradictory.

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