Delhi riots accused Devangana Kalita on Thursday approached the excessive court docket right here searching for course to the police to supply her sure movies and WhatsApp chats in two circumstances, together with one beneath anti-terror regulation UAPA, associated to the communal violence throughout the 2020 protests towards the CAA and NRC.
The Delhi Excessive Court docket issued discover on the petitions by the coed activist and requested the investigating company to file its response, however refused to remain the trial court docket proceedings within the meantime.
Kalita pleaded that she wanted the movies and chats to show her innocence, however the Delhi Police counsel contended that her petitions weren’t maintainable. He stated additional investigation was nonetheless underway within the circumstances and materials being sought by the petitioner was not a part of the cost sheet.
Justice Amit Bansal listed the case for additional listening to on January 17 and stated, “There isn’t a query of keep until I hear either side”.
Kalita’s counsel submitted that the Delhi Police had commissioned sure individuals to file the protests towards the Citizenship Modification Act and Nationwide Register of Residents in February 2020 and the footage must be provided to her earlier than the trial court docket proceeds to listen to the arguments on the framing of fees.
“These movies will reveal that from February 22 to 26 (of 2020), we had been protesting peacefully. The movies will reveal that.. I need to train my beneficial proper of discharge (within the prison circumstances),” he stated.
“The case towards me (in one of many FIRs within the current matter) is homicide. I’m stated to be a part of a bunch of protestors beneath the Jafrabad flyover. Selective screengrabs have been taken… The movies exist. I say it’s exculpatory. Present me the movies,” Kalita’s lawyer contended.
Apart from the video footage, the lawyer additionally sought the “whole WhatsApp chat” of a bunch, “selective extracts” of which had been allegedly getting used towards the petitioner.
Pupil activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain and a number of other others have additionally been booked beneath varied FIRs in relation to the riots within the North-East Delhi, which left 53 individuals lifeless and over 700 injured in February 2020.
Kalita, Sharjeel Imam, Khalid Saifi, Umar Khalid and others have been accused of being the “masterminds” behind the violence that came about at a time when the then US president Donald Trump and different dignitaries had been within the nationwide capital.