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Delhi riots accused Sharjeel Imam calls himself a victim, not offender before Delhi High Court

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Sharjeel Imam has told the Delhi High Court while responding to Delhi Police’s petition against his discharge in the 2019 Jamia violence case that he was the victim of violence and not the one who committed any offence.

Sharjeel Imam also said that his involvement only included campaigning in favour of peaceful protest and not violence.

Imam has responded to all the arguments in written to Delhi Police’s plea challenging his discharge, and that of Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha and eight others in the matter.

Imam in his submission has mentioned that the violence occurred during the peaceful protest at Jamia which resulted in the answering Respondent breaking his glasses does not show him as a prepator but as the victim of the violence and had no active role to play in its culmination.

Imam has said that the act of shouting slogans is a part of peaceful protest and does not show his participation in the alleged violence that happened during the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

About the Aligarh speech at AMU on 16.12.2019, imam said that merely campaigning in favor of chakka jam as a means of protest which by no stretch of the imagination could be called a violent method of protest.

Imam has also submitted that there is no single admissible evidence against him to show that he shared the common object of the unlawful assembly involved in the alleged violence or rioting.

Sharjeel Imam said that he is not seen in any of the videos adduced by the prosecution nor any statement recorded by the investigating agency in which he is even named much less having attributed any role to him in the commission of the alleged violence.

Along with the above, he also submitted that his call data records (CDR) clearly shows that he had already left the place of occurrence on the date of incident before the assembly allegedly turned violent.

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