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Delhi Riots issue: Delhi HC asks Centre to file replies in 2 days

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Court reacts to Brinda Karat’s complaint that even the names of those arrested are not being revealed by Delhi Police

The Delhi High Court on Monday (July 13) directed the central government to file its replies in all the petitions regarding the Delhi riots within two days.

The counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted during a video conference hearing before the division bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, that the Delhi Police should serve a copy of names of the people arrested in the Delhi riots to the petitioners also, instead of just submitting it before the court in a sealed envelope.

The court was hearing an application filed by (Left) leader Brinda Karat, alleging that the people being arrested in the Delhi riots matter are not being given the right to counsel of choice. The names of the people being arrested are not being put up outside the PCR rooms.

The cousel appearing for Ms Karat submitted before the court that section 41C of the CrPC is being violated by not letting out the names of the people arrested in relation to the Delhi riots case. 

The counsel further submitted that “the families of the arrested persons have a right to know who all have been arrested and under what crime so that they can seek an appropriate remedy.”

The counsel further stated that the people arrested are unable to file bail applications as the Delhi Police is maintaining secrecy with regards to the names of the people arrested.

The Delhi HC, while responding to the arguments made the counsel of the petitioner, directed the central government to file its reply in all the petitions within 2 days.

The Matter is listed for July 21, 2020.

– India Legal Bureau

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