Delhi violence: Court pulls up police for “callous and farcical” investigation, imposes Rs 25,000 as fine

A sessions court in Delhi on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the police in a case related to the violence in the national Capital in February 2020, Bar and Bench reported. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav of the Karkardooma Court said that the investigation carried out in the matter was “callous and farcical”. The court was hearing a revision petition filed by the Delhi Police against an earlier order directing it to register a First Information Report in the case.

On March 19 last year, Mohammad Nasir, a resident of Delhi’s Ghonda area, had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, mentioning that he suffered a gunshot injury in his left eye on February 24, 2020. Nasir named Naresh Tyagi, Subhash Tyagi, Uttam Tyagi, Sushil, Naresh Gaur and others in the complaint, according to The Indian Express. Naresh Gaur is a former BJP MLA. However, since no FIR was registered based on his complaint, he moved court. In October, a metropolitan magistrate ordered the Delhi Police to register an FIR in the matter within 24 hours.

The station house officer of the Bhajanpura police station then challenged the order and moved the sessions court. The police, in its revision petition, submitted that an FIR had already been filed in the matter which mentioned that Nasir and six others had suffered gunshot injuries. The petition also claimed that there was no evidence against the men named by Nasir and that three of them had alibis, The Indian Express reported.

However, the sessions court, in its order on Tuesday noted that the FIR mentioned by the police was related to incidents that took place on February 25 last year in Mohanpur and Maujpur localities, whereas the alleged attack on Nasir happened in Ghonda on February 24, 2020.

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