Delhi riots: Court grants anticipatory bail to man, says police not serious about his involvement

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New Delhi, Oct 28 (PTI) A Delhi court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to a 66-year-old man in a case of vandalism of a shop during the north east Delhi riots in February, saying the police was not serious about his alleged involvement in the matter. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav granted anticipatory bail to Uday Singh and directed him to appear before the investigating officer on October 30.

The court also directed Singh to continue to cooperate in the investigation and said the police should give one week clear notice to him in case of arrest.

It said, though, Singh can be seen in the alleged video of the incident, he did not appear to be participating in the riots in Khajuri Khas area.

“The material on record is really short about the authenticity of viral video,” it said in its order.

It further noted that there has been previous discord between the complainant, Yakub, and Singh with regard to payment of rent/electricity charges of the shop.

Yakub had rented the shop owned by Singh.

“The applicant (Singh) is permanent resident of Karawal Nagar, Delhi. He is not a previous convict. The earlier anticipatory bail application of the applicant was probably dismissed without considering the material in chargesheet,' the court said.

“It is also evident that even the police is not serious about the involvement of applicant in the present case, as the incident allegedly took place on February 24, 2020 and the NBWs (non-bailable warrants) against the applicant have been obtained from the court on October 14, 2020, when the anticipatory bail of co-accused Darshan was pending, which was ultimately granted on October 21, 2020,” the court said.

The court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea in July in the case. Singh's counsel had told the court that he was not armed and merely standing in front of his residence during the riots.

His lawyer claimed that Singh has been receiving phone calls from the police allegedly threatening to arrest him in the matter and in this regard they have also visited his house several times.

Special Public Prosecutor Jinendra Jain, appearing for the police, opposed the anticipatory bail plea saying Singh was absconding and his NBWs have been issued by the court.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured. PTI URD RHL