Meeran Haider, one of the accused in the 2020 Delhi riots larger conspiracy case, argued in court that the filing of supplementary chargesheets by the prosecution after hearing his arguments was exposing his defence.
Haider had moved an application similar to that moved by other counsel earlier requesting a Delhi court to direct the Delhi Police to give a status of the investigation.
“According to law, the investigation must proceed at some point on new material,” said Haider’s counsel, flagging that the prosecution was sitting on already existing material for over 3.5 years.
The Delhi Police has filed five chargesheets in 3.5 years. The fourth supplementary chargesheet mentions Haider’s name. “70-80% of the material in the fourth supplementary chargesheet is something that the investigating agency has been sitting for years,” said Haider’s counsel.
He further argued that prejudice was caused to his client by the filing of the chargesheets. “The minute I start arguing, they will fill in the gaps and lacunae pointed out by me in their investigation,” he said.
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Haider said that the court is within its power to ask the investigating agency if there will be any new supplementary chargesheet. “The court may put a question on whether the chargesheet is complete,” he added.
“What has my client been reduced to? We have heard about undertrial prisoners. He is actually an under-investigation prisoner. He has been forgotten by society. This court has to step in and protect his right in terms of fair trial,” said the counsel.
The matter is being heard in Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat’s court and will now be heard on September 19.
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