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    2021 Imprint: Delhi court rules on MJ Akbar’s allegations, riot case; Witness shells, explosions


    Delhi courts have handed down key verdicts in cases like MJ Akbar’s #MeToo defamation case in 2021 and riots in north-east Delhi and witnessed shootings and bomb blasts on their premises. When Kovid’s second wave hit the entire country, it also took the lives of two district court judges – one of them in his early thirties – and several lawyers, many of whom were rushed to hospital beds. The judge hearing the North-East Delhi riots case was also admitted to the ICU ward after his oxygen level dropped. “A woman has the right to file a complaint in front of any platform of her choice even after decades,” the court said while acquitting journalist Priya Ramani on personal defamation charges against veteran journalist and former Union Minister Akbar.

    The defamation suit was filed by the then minister Akbar, when the female writer complained about his naming at the top of the #MeToo movement. In February 2020, a court here held the 22-year-old climate activist Disha Robi in custody and subsequent bail across the country and held that citizens are the conscience of the government in any democratic country and cannot be held. The only reason behind the imprisonment is because they choose to disagree. The other three accused – Nikita Jacob, Shantanu Muluk and Shubham Kar Chowdhury – withdrew their anticipatory bail applications in the case after police assured the court that they would be given seven days’ notice before arrest.

    After a long wait, a court accepted a chargesheet in the 2016 sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Parliament (JNUSU), and nine others, almost a year after police obtained the necessary approvals to try the accused. Kanhaiya, and JNU alumni Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, among others, were charged with raising anti-India slogans, and appeared in court on March 15. Delhi’s judicial courts were also involved in the Red Fort violence and other cases. Farmers protest.

    In May, when the city was running low on oxygen supplies for COVID-19 patients, businessman Navneet Kalra was arrested in an oxygen concentrator black-market case. Police say he made a profit by selling medical equipment at exorbitant prices to people on his deathbed. Another court ordered city police to release 12 confiscated oxygen concentrators and to use them immediately for medication by police and judicial officers who came in contact with COVID-19 “because of the nature of their work.” Later, on August 18, in a virtual hearing, a Delhi court acquitted veteran Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of a case related to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar at a luxury hotel here, whose body was found in a suite at a luxury hotel in the city. The night of January 17, 2014.

    Earlier this month, another court acquitted nine other AAP MLAs in a case involving alleged attacks on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and then-Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in 2018. The judge, however, ordered the formation of charges. Two AAP MLAs – Amantullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal – said they were initially sued to move forward with the trial after charges were framed against them.

    Over the years, various accused in the Delhi riot conspiracy case, including Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Tahir Hussain, who have been charged under the Strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), sought bail one after another. Their bail application has been pending for more than five months. Police have been beaten in several riot cases. The court pulled them out due to errors in the investigation. Additional Sessions Judge Binod Yadav, who criticized the “brutal and ridiculous” investigation into some riot cases, observed in one case that failure to conduct a proper investigation would hurt “democracy guards”. This year witnessed the first verdict in a riot case in which a man named Suresh was acquitted on charges of rioting and robbery. The court noted that the prosecution had failed to prove its case. In another verdict, the court found a man named Dinesh Yadav guilty of setting fire to a woman’s house.

    Meanwhile, at the end of the year, the fight started in the court. On September 24, two assassins dressed as lawyers opened fire on gangster Jitender Gogi inside the courtroom. The two, who were from rival gangs, were then killed in police retaliatory fire. The Rohini District Court case has brought various flaws in the security arrangements of the Delhi court. Two months later, a low-intensity explosion inside a courtroom at the same courthouse again violated security. Bharat Bhushan Kataria, a scientist with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), was later arrested on charges of possessing a tiffin bomb. In August, in a case involving the chanting of communal slogans near Jantar Mantar here, in which Hindu Rakshak Dal president Pinki Chowdhury and advocate Ashwani Upadhyay were accused, a court made some derogatory remarks and said, “We are not a Taliban state. Rule of law is sacred in our pluralistic and multicultural society. Governing policy. ” Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar is accused of extorting hundreds of crores of rupees from several industrialists and their relatives, including Shivinder, the former promoter of Ryanbaxy, and Malvinder Singh’s wife. A jail here also made headlines across the country. Several jail officials were arrested in the case. Chandrashekhar and his wife and actor Leena Maria Paul were also accused of giving away luxury cars, phones and valuables to actress Jacqueline Fernandez. Crime money from others, including Nora Fatehi.

    During the year, Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar was caught by police while on the run in a murder case. He has been lodged in Mandoli Jail in Delhi for the last seven months. His bail application was recently rejected. In his 1,000-page long chargesheet, police claimed that the clash at Chhatrasal Stadium, which led to the death of former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Dhankar, was the result of a criminal conspiracy hatched by Kumar to seek revenge. Him.

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