While discharging three Muslim men in a case relating to the 2020 northeast Delhi pogrom, a Delhi Court said it is suspicious that the Delhi Police “manipulated evidence” and filed chargesheets in a “predetermined and mechanical manner.”

“It is worth to mention here that this order of discharge is being passed on account of realizing that the reported incidents were not properly and completely investigated and that the chargesheets were filed in predetermined, mechanical and erroneous manner, with subsequent actions to only cover up the initial wrong actions,” Live Law quotes Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala of Karkardooma Courts as saying.

“…instead of having a grave suspicion against the accused persons for their involvement in the alleged incidents as reported by four complainants as well as for their involvement in the incidents as observed by ASI Surender Pal in the rukka, I am having suspicion for IO having manipulated the evidence in the case, without actually investigating the reported incidents properly,” Pramachala said.

The court discharged Akil Ahmad, Rahish Khan, and Irshad who were accused of rioting, being members of an unlawful assembly and committing vandalism during the violence.

On July 14, 2020, a chargesheet was filed against the three accused persons. Cognizance of the same was taken on December 09, 2020. Subsequently, two supplementary chargesheets, along with certain documents and fresh statements, were filed on February 15, 2022, and February 16 of this year, according to Live Law.

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