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Delhi violence: Court criticises police for ‘lackadaisical approach’ towards prosecution of cases


A Delhi court on Friday castigated the city police for not taking proper steps for the prosecution of cases related to the violence in the Capital in February 2020, Live Law reported.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg said that if the police do not ensure effective prosecution of the cases, he will have to pass adverse orders, including imposing adjournment costs to be deducted from the salaries of the officers responsible.

The court has asked the Delhi Police Commissioner to personally look into the matter.

Between February 23 and February 26, 2020, clashes broke out between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and those opposing the law in North East Delhi. The violence claimed 53 lives and hundreds were injured.

The magistrate on Friday was hearing a case filed on a complaint of a man named Rizwan, who alleged that a mob of about 200 to 300 people vandalised his house and looted around Rs 4,80,000.

The magistrate made the remarks criticising the police after the investigating officer sought an adjournment saying that he had not gone through the case files and was not able to answer the court’s questions.

The court also noted that the special public prosecutor only appeared before it on the second call, and that too, in order to “seek a passover”. A…

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