Lawyer for Umar Khalid not arguing based on law: Prosecution

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS): Responding to bail plea submissions from lawyer Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case, the prosecution said on Tuesday “it is very unfortunate that the plea has been returned by web series such as ‘Family Man’ and the movie ‘Trial of Chicago 7’, and did not make any arguments based on the law”.

During the hearing of Khalid’s bail application, Special Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad told Extra Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma Court that out of 17 points from Khalid’s lawyer, the first argument was that he wanted his plea to be decided with reference to the web series.

“People are dead. You want hype and headlines,” he said.

He also argued that there was a clear criminal conspiracy being carried out in secret, adding that there was a prosecution after the crime and a clear attempt at a cover-up. The SPP told the court that the conspiracy had to be proven taking into account circumstantial evidence and that the riots were not a spontaneous outburst of violence.

On the argument of Umar Khalid’s lawyer who said that the investigator was communal, the SPP pointed out that the first conviction in the riot cases was a person from the Hindu community, and therefore it proves that he was not biased against Khalid — a Muslim.

He was referring to a case in which, it was alleged that on February 25, 2020, a mob of rioters, numbering around 150 to 200, attacked the home of a 73-year-old Muslim woman while her family was n was not present at home and looted all household items.

The first convict in the case – Dinesh Yadav from Bhagirathi Vihar at Gokulpuri in Delhi was arrested on June 8, 2020.

Khalid was convicted of offenses under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the North East Delhi riots that broke out in 2020.

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