New Delhi: On Friday, A Delhi Court extended the judicial custody of research scholar Sharjeel Imam and JNU scholar Umar Khalid, accused in the Delhi riots case, till November 23.
Both the accused, apprehended under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were produced before the steady gaze of Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conferencing toward the end of their judicial remand.
The case against the duo relates to a ‘conspiracy’ to incite the riots, which had left 53 individuals dead and 748 injured. In the case registered against Khalid, the police had said that the communal violence was planned conspiracy allegedly hatched by Khalid and others.
The government of Delhi had provided sanction to Delhi Police on November 6 for the prosecution of Khalid. On getting prosecution sanction against Khalid from Delhi government as well as Home Ministry, the Delhi Police would now be able to name him in their supplementary charge sheet.
To prosecute the accused under section 13 for the UAPA, the Delhi Police required authorization from the MHA and under sections 16, 17 and 18 from the government of Delhi.
The Delhi Police has registered a 17,500-page charge sheet against fifteen people for “propagating violence” during the riots. The charge sheet was registered under the UAPA, Arms Act, and the Indian Penal Code.