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Courts not to solve your personal issues: HC on Centre, Delhi tussle on riots

In its chargesheet, the Delhi Police categorically mentioned that Farooqui visited Deoband on February 23, just one day before the riots began in Shiv Vihar and its neighbouring areas.

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New Delhi, July 1 : After the tussle between the Centre and Arvind Kejriwal government again popped up in the courtroom over the representation of Delhi Police in matters concerning northeast Delhi riots, the Delhi High Court while taking a strong note of the same remarked “courts are not here to solve your personal issues”.

“Courts aren”t here to solve your personal issues Instead of wasting the time of the public, you both should concentrate on greater issues, the country is already dealing with grave and tough times,” said a single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait.

The court”s observation came while it was hearing a petition filed by the Delhi Police seeking cancellation of bail granted to the owner of Rajdhani School owner Faisal Farooqui in a case relating to the riots.

During the course of hearing, while the court was about to hear the matter, Delhi government counsel Rajesh Mahajan raised objections on the point that the said petition is non-maintainable as the authorisation of the Standing Counsel”s office was not taken by the Centre.

”We wish to file an identical petition with the said prayers as the current petition isn”t maintainable,” Mahajan told the court adding that the Lieutenant Governor cannot authorise counsels to appear for Delhi Police without the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.

Opposing his submissions, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aman Lekhi clarified that the petition is filed by the Delhi Police and not the Centre. He also submitted that he is appearing in the matter on the directions of the L-G.

“On every occasion, they come and create noise. This is nothing legal and is only political. Lawyers shall not indulge in such a thing. It”s a serious matter and we are not able to argue because of this,” Lekhi argued before the court.

Following which the court became furious and said, “This controversy can”t continue. What is this drama going on? You people are creating ruckus in the court. This isn”t acceptable.”

He then asked the lawyers, “How can you change your stance like this, why Mr Rahul Mehra didn”t appear before the court today. You can”t appear as per your pleasure. This can”t continue like this, I”ll impose costs.”

The court also asked the ASG to place on record the letter which authorised him to appear in the present case. The matter was adjourned post lunch.

When the hearing of the matter resumed post lunch, the court was informed that the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) is not comfortable in appearing in the said matter.

Central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan also sought time from the court to file the letter which had asked him to file the said petition on behalf of the Delhi Police.

Following which the court said, “If you have nothing in your hand, then what is happening?”

Intervening in the arguments, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta appearing for the petitioner submitted before the court, “It”s not the Delhi Police which is suffering because of this controversy, it is my client who is bearing the loss.”

After his submissions, the bench asked Mahajan to place the said letter on record in the course of the day and stated that if he fails to do so, the interim order passed by the court would “stand vacated”

Last week, the high court by an interim order asked the Delhi Police to not release Farooqi until further order. The said orders were passed while the court issued notice on the petition filed by the Delhi Police seeking cancellation of bail granted to him.

A Delhi court had on June 20 granted bail to Farooqui while observing that despite police allegations, the chargesheet did not provide any evidence of terror funding or his alleged links with Pinjra Tod group, the Popular Front of India and Muslim clerics. The court also said the prima facie evidence suggested that he was not present at the spot at the time of incident.

In its chargesheet, the Delhi Police categorically mentioned that Farooqui visited Deoband on February 23, just one day before the riots began in Shiv Vihar and its neighbouring areas.

The case relates to riots that broke that broke out outside Shiv Vihar”s Rajdhani School where another school DRP Convent and an adjacent sweet shop were burnt and a man trapped inside the shop died. 18 people including Farooqui were arrested by the police in this regard.

“The rioters had camped inside and fired bullets from the terrace of Rajdhani School. They also threw petrol bombs, acid, bricks, stones and other missiles using an improvised large iron catapult, specially installed for the purpose, from the terrace of Rajdhani School,” the police said.

The chargesheet states that Farooqui had hatched a conspiracy to precipitate and aggravate riots, in and around Rajdhani School. On his instructions, the adjacent and rival DRP Convent School, 2 parking lots run by the other party and the building of Anil Sweets was systematically destroyed by the mobs.

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Doctor dies by suicide at AIIMS Delhi hostel, fifth such death at hospital in 2 months

In the last two months, AIIMS-Delhi has registered five deaths by suicide – three by patients and two by doctors.

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Asecond-year medical student has died by suicide at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The student, identified as Vikas, jumped off the roof of hostel number 19 at around 6 pm.

The police, in a statement, said that they received a call about a person jumping off the hostel roof at about 6 pm. “Upon reaching the spot, the injured person was promptly moved to the trauma centre and was given treatment. He was declared dead during treatment.”

The police identified the deceased as Vikas – a 22-year-old medical student from the 2018 batch. Vikas was a permanent resident of Bangalore.

According to the police, the doctor was earlier admitted to a psychiatry ward as a patient as he was experiencing some mental health issues.

The police also revealed that Vikas on duty on Monday and had taken a one-hour leave from the ward. During this break, he allegedly came to the hostel and jumped off the roof. Further inquiry is underway.

This is the fifth case of death by suicide at India’s premier medical institute since June 5.

On July 17, a 32-year-old man was found dead in the bathroom of the hospital’s emergency wing. A resident of Satna in Madhya Pradesh, he had come to the hospital for a follow up on his intestinal surgery conducted last year.

On July 10, a 25-year-old junior doctor had died by suicide at AIIMS-Delhi by jumping off the 10th floor of the hospital building. According to sources, the doctor was suffering from depression.

On July 6, a 37-year-old journalist, who was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at AIIMS Delhi, had died after he jumped off the fourth floor of the hospital.

A month before that, on June 5, a 22-year-old man was found hanging from the railing of the second-floor staircase at AIIMS-Delhi. He was suspected to be suffering from depression.

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Yogi invokes NSA against Peace Party leader Dr Ayub

He was arrested from Gorakhpur on August 1, for issuing an advertisement with derogatory content in a newspaper.

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LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against Dr Ayub, president of the Peace Party.

Ayub will not get bail for at least 12 months.

He was arrested from Gorakhpur on August 1, for issuing an advertisement with derogatory content in a newspaper. A complaint against him had been registered at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.

Ayub, who is the founder of the Peace Party and was elected to the Vidhan Sabha in 2012, is now in Lucknow jail.

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Jitin Prasada urges Yogi to restore Parshuram Jayanti holiday

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.

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Former Union minister and senior UP Congress leader Jitin Prasada has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to declare a holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

Parshuram Jayanti had earlier been declared a public holiday but when the Yogi government came to power, the holiday was cancelled.
In April 2017, the chief minister had cancelled 15 public holidays, including Parshuram Jayanti. The government also cancelled the birth and death anniversaries of several eminent people.

In his letter, Jitin Prasada, who has been leading a campaign against atrocities on the Brahmin community, said that Parshuram is revered as the Lord of Justice and is also seen as the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

He said that Parshuram is held in high esteem by the Brahmin community. Prasada has urged the chief minister to restore the holiday on Parshuram Jayanti.

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