Gulfisha Fatima, an activist booked by the Delhi Police in the 2020 northeast Delhi riots case, told the Delhi High Court Tuesday that the prosecution was relying on “unpardoned accused masquerading as witnesses against her”. Arguing for bail before a special bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar, Gulfisha said all the witnesses had participated in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and attended meetings related to the agitation.
“Not one of them went to the police at the relevant time. Only when the police started issuing notices to these persons and they were summoned, that they gave their statements, minimising their own role,” her counsel told the court.
Gulfisha has been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Act.
“Every single one of them is an unpardoned accused masquerading as a witness against me,” Gulfisha’s counsel said, referring to the example of a former witness who was later booked as an accused by the Delhi Police for his role in the riots.
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