Angry Twitterati slam Arvind Kejriwal’s nod to prosecute Umar Khalid for Delhi Riots

The decision by Kejriwal has evoked angry reactions from netizens who are condemning the Delhi chief minister.

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Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has given its approval to prosecute Umar Khalid, former JNU student leader, in connection with this year’s anti-Muslim pogrom that left 53 people, mostly Muslims, killed in North-East Delhi.

“We have given prosecution sanction in all the Delhi riots related cases registered by the police. Now, it is up to the courts to see who are the accused,” a senior Delhi government functionary said.

The sanction has been received against Khalid in the Delhi riots conspiracy case, in which he was booked under the stringent anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

A senior police officer said that police have received prosecution sanction from both the Delhi government and the Union Home Ministry against Khalid in connection with the Delhi riots conspiracy case.

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“We have received prosecution sanction against Umar Khalid in connection with a case registered against him under the UAPA. We have received sanctions from both the Delhi government and the Ministry of Home Affairs,? the officer said.

The officer said that the prosecution sanctions against Khalid were received a fortnight ago and added that the Delhi Police can now name Khalid in their supplementary charge sheet.

“To prosecute one under section 13 of the UAPA, we need sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs, which we have already received. For prosecution under section — 16,17 and 18 of the UAPA, we have received sanction from the Delhi government,” the officer said.

The decision by Kejriwal has evoked angry reactions from netizens who are condemning the Delhi chief minister.

Khalid was arrested on September 13 under the UAPA act in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi.

Reacting to the permission granted by the Delhi government, Umar Khalid’s father SQR Ilyas tweeted, “Arvind Kejriwal unveiled.” “Mr Kejriwal, each and every betrayal won’t be forgotten,” JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh tweeted.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police had named 15 accused in its charge sheet under the provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the north-east Delhi riots that broke out in the national capital in February. Sharjeel Imam and Umar Khalid have also been arrested under the stringent UAPA in the case, however, no charge sheet has been filed yet.

 

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