United Against Hate member Khalid Saifi, booked in the 2020 North East Delhi riots “larger conspiracy case”, told the Delhi High Court on Monday that he is a “victim of custodial violence with no enquiry conducted by the police till this day”.
Arguing Safi’s bail appeal senior advocate Rebecca John submitted before a special bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar submitted that Saifi was beaten up the police in custody after he was arrested and was produced before the trial court in a wheelchair with a plaster on his feet.
John vehemently opposed to the Delhi Police’s stand in its chargesheet that “injuries were caused during stone pelting” at Khureji Khas. She said, “we have got photographs. Saifi was waylaid by the Delhi Police…there was no crowd next to him. He is seen being taken to Police station in a perfectly fine condition”.
Saifi and several others have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and provisions of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly being the “masterminds” of the February 2020 riots, which left 53 people dead and over 700 injured, which erupted during the anti-CAA and NRC protests in the city.
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