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South Delhi demolition: Delhi court frames charges against Amanatullah Khan, others

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A local court in Delhi has framed charges against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Legislator Amanatullah Khan and 24 others in connection with a protest staged by them against a demolition drive carried out in southeast Delhi’s Kanchan Kunj area in May, 2022.

While framing charges against the accused, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Harjeet Singh Jaspal at Rouse Avenue Court held on Friday that prima facie, there was sufficient evidence against the accused to frame charges in the case. 

Charges were framed against the accused under Sections 147 (rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 153 (provocation to cause riot), 186 (obstructing public servant), 353 (using criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) and 332 (causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The court observeed that it has fully considered the facts and circumstances of the case, while ordering prosecution of the accused.

The ACMM discharged eight accused in the case, after noting that there was no material on record to frame charges against them. 

The Rouse Avenue Court will next hear the matter on January 24 at 2 pm. 

Khan and his supporters had allegedly disrupted the demolition operation on May 12, 2022, being undertaken by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation at illegal buildings built close to the Yamuna floodplains in Kanchan Kunj area of Delhi. 

Police said that they tried to pacify the protestors, but they pelted stones at civic and police officers. Police then resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mob.

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