Umar Khalid’s lawyer does not plead on the basis of the law: the prosecution
New Delhi: Responding to bail plea submissions from lawyer Umar Khalid in Delhi riots case, prosecution said on Tuesday “it is very unfortunate that the plea has been referred by a web series including “Family Man” and the movie “Chicago Trial 7”, and did not make any legal arguments. “
During the hearing of Khalid’s bail application, Special Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad told Extra Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma Court, that on 17 points from Khalid’s lawyer, the first argument was that he wanted his plea decided by reference to the web series.
“People have died. You want the hype and the headlines, ”he said.
He also argued that there is clearly a criminal conspiracy carried out in secret, adding that there is a continuation after the crime and a clear attempt at cover-up. The SPP told the court that the plot must 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 community-based, the SPP pointed out that the first conviction in the riot cases was a person from the Hindu community, and therefore this 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 did not was not present at the house and looted all household items.
The first convict in the case – Dinesh Yadav of Bhagirathi Vihar in Gokulpuri in Delhi was arrested on June 8, 2020.
Khalid was convicted of breaches of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the riots in northeast Delhi that broke out in 2020.