Gulfisha Fatima, accused in the case alleging larger conspiracy in 2020 North-East Delhi riots, told the Delhi High Court on Friday that there is no evidence to show that she gave any speech or used chilly powder or encouraged women to collect the same, as alleged by the Delhi Police.

A special bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar was hearing Gulfisha’s appeal against a trial court order denying her bail in FIR 59/2020 registered by Delhi Police’s crime branch.

Her counsel also submitted before the court that there was no recovery from Gulfisha regarding any material.

The court was informed that the police recorded statement of only one witness at the time when Gulfisha was arrested. The counsel however added that the said statement is generic in nature and is not specific to any incident.

It was submitted that the statement of the said witnesses was recorded in order to fit the “emerging narrative of the prosecution.”

The counsel further submitted that the prosecution recorded the statement of another protected witness on September 15, 2020 which “sought to expand Gulfisha’s role” and “take her outside of the jurisdiction of Seelampur and Jafrabad” where she was present and to say that she was also part of Maujpur area where some violence happened during the riots.

“Whatever happened in Maujpur, an FIR was registered. I am not an accused or named in the FIR. In Jafrabad, it’s my case that i was there and part of the sit in protest which happened under metro station. 2 FIRs were registered,” the counsel said.

Submitting that Gulfisha will complete three years in custody in April, the counsel stated that her presence at the two meetings, as alleged by the prosecution, is mere presence which cannot lead to a conclusion that she had any connection with the accused persons.

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