HC seeks Centre’s response on plea for preservation of CCTV footage

Delhi High Court

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre, AAP government and police on a plea filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind seeking preservation of CCTV footage of the riots that affected areas in northeast Delhi in February end.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C Harishankar has issued notice on the plea and slated the matter for hearing on March 27.

The plea sought preservation of the CCTV footage of riots affected areas from February 23 to March 1.

The plea also sought criminal, legal and disciplinary action against Delhi Police for “deliberate inaction or actively participating in the riots”.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, which is one of the organisations of Islamic scholars belonging to the Deobandi school of thought in India, also sought directions to not remove the debris from the sites of the riots without collecting evidence.

The petition sought directions to the authorities to register FIRs against rioters, culprits, and probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the aegis of a retired Supreme Court or High Court Judge.

It also sought adequate compensation for the victims, similar to the compensation awarded to the victims of the 1984 riots and introduction of specific provisions under IPC for provocation of violence in specific cases and prohibiting incitement of hate.

Delhi High Court had recently sought the response of all political leaders on a plea seeking setting up of an SIT to attached property damage in last month’s riots in northeast Delhi.

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