Applications of Delhi riots case accused seeking probe status frivolous: Prosecution

Updated: Sep 19 2023 9:23PM

New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) The prosecution Tuesday termed as "frivolous, speculative and presumptive" the applications filed by some of those accused of hatching the conspiracy behind the 2020 northeast Delhi riots seeking to know the status of the probe in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat was hearing the applications filed by accused Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Meeran Haider, and Athar Khan.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad said every application failed to disclose any provision in law which could allow their prayers. He said some of the applications were "frivolous" as they were beyond the ambit of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), while the prayers based on the assumption that charges had assumed finality were "speculative" and "presumptive." “An accused or applicant can come to court with any piece of paper but that piece of paper cannot become a judicial record. The piece of paper that the court accepts has to be in accordance with the law, and if the law does not provide a right to a person to file an application, does not give a right to derail the proceedings, then such application has to be thrown out at the threshold,” he said.