By Vineet Upadhyay / Times of India

NEW DELHI: Meeran Haider, an accused in the larger conspiracy case on the 2020 Delhi riots, on Monday moved a Delhi court “seeking necessary directions to the investigating agency regarding its ongoing investigation prior to commencement of arguments on charge/discharge”.The court has scheduled the next hearing on the matter for Tuesday.

Advocates Sarfaraz Maqbool and Chinmayi Chatterjee appeared for Haider. They submitted before additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat that 70-80% of the material in the fourth supplementary chargesheet was old material on which Delhi Police, the investigating agency, had been sitting for years. “When the fourth supplementary chargesheet is filed, more than three years are passed since my arraignment as an accused. This is also three months after Delhi HC reserved its judgment when I argued my appeal (seeking bail),” the counsel said on Haider’s behalf, clarifying that he does not mean that the prosecution cannot investigate. “In the factual backdrop of this case, I am able to show that they (the investigating agency) are sitting on material for years and filing supplementary chargesheets on that same material,” the counsel added.

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