Delhi riots: Police names Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh in supplementary chargesheet
Delhi riots: Police names Yechury, Yogendra Yadav in supplementary chargesheet
- Sep 13, 2020
Yogendra Yadav and Sitaram Yechury are some of the prominent names included by Delhi Police in its disclosure of chargesheet in the February Delhi riots case. Apart from the CPI(M) general secretary and Swaraj Abhiyan leader, the Delhi Police has also named economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and activist Apoorvanand, and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy.
The Delhi Police has mentioned that these individuals allegedly asked anti-CAA protestors to go to any extreme. In addition, the police also claim that these individuals spread discontent in the community by calling "CAA/NRC anti-Muslim" and organised demonstrations to "malign the image of the Government of India".
The names appeared on page 17 in a supplementary chargesheet filed by the police in the riots case.
Violent clashes in Delhi's northeast district between February 23 and 26 claimed 53 lives and left 581 injured, 97 of them with gunshot wounds. A copy of the supplementary chargesheet is with India Today.
Delhi Police names Yechury, Yogendra Yadav in #DelhiRiots case. #ITVideo #DelhiPolice pic.twitter.com/IKNCZ8zIDH— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) September 12, 2020
According to the Delhi Police, Yechuri, Yadav, Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy have been accused on the basis of confessions of Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Gulfisha Fathima. While Kalita and Narwal are JNU students and members of women's collective Pinjra Tod, Fathima is a student of Jamia Milia Islamia. All of the three students were arrested and questioned in connection with the violence in Jaffrabad.
... This is the real chehra, charitra, chaal and chintan of Modi and his BJP.— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) September 12, 2020
When asked about the supplementary chargesheet, Delhi Police Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveen Ranjan said, "Their names have come up only in disclosure of chargesheet."
Sitaram Yechury, in a post on Twitter said, "Delhi Police is under the Centre and Home Ministry. Its illegitimate, illegal actions are a direct outcome of the politics of BJP's top leadership. They are scared of legitimate peaceful protests by mainstream political parties & are misusing state power to target the Opposition."
Yes, I went around all over the country, requesting people to oppose #CAA in a peaceful way: @_YogendraYadav#ITVideo #DelhiPolice #DelhiRiots pic.twitter.com/aqEvC2RO8l— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) September 12, 2020
He added, "BJP's illegal intimidation won't stop people from opposing discriminatory laws like CAA. To assert that all Indians are equal irrespective of their religion, caste, colour, creed, region, gender & political affiliations is not only our Right but our Duty. We will exercise it."
This is factually incorrect report, hope @PTI_News withdraws it.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 12, 2020
Supplementary chargesheet does NOT mention me as co-conspirator, or even as accused. One passing reference to me and Yechury, in an unauthenticated police statement (not admissible in court) by one accused. https://t.co/QurXmQdOr2
"Harassed till proven innocent is right. Delhi Police is trying very hard to drag all any CAA protesters in the circle of conspirators. My only clarification is that as yet Delhi Police has not formally named me or Yechuri as conspirators or accused," Yogendra Yadav said in a tweet on Saturday.
Yogendra Yadav told India Today TV that the disclosure of chargesheet based on some statements do not hold any value in the eyes of the law. "I am sure they (Kalita, Narwal and Fathima) wouldn't have signed these confessions," Yadav added.
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