A Delhi court on Saturday, while taking up the bail application moved by Sharjeel Imam in a sedition case, issued summons to the deputy commissioner of police (crime) to appear before the court after a passover was sought by the prosecution citing that link special public prosecutor (SPP) Madhukar Pandey was preoccupied in another case.

The court observed that it has become a regular occurrence that proxy counsel for the SPP, Amit Prasad, seek passovers during the day citing engagement in other cases.

The court also noted that the absence of the SPP is also causing the witnesses in the riots cases to be discharged without examination. “This tendency to seek a pass over/date while always stating pre-occupation in other cases in other courts on a regular basis leads to derailment of cases in this court,” said additional sessions judge (ASJ) Amitabh Rawat.

Sharjeel had sought bail under section 436A of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the case filed against him for allegedly making inflammatory speeches in various parts of Delhi during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests.

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