Judge who reprimanded police for investigating Delhi riots cases transferred

Judges are rejecting investigations by Delhi Police in some riots cases (File)

New Delhi:

A trial judge, who has been critical of the Delhi Police’s “harsh and ridiculous” investigation into some of the 2020 riots cases and once observed that failure to conduct a proper investigation would torment the “sentinels of democracy”, on Wednesday seconded been transferred. court in the national capital.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Vinod Yadav, who is hearing several riots cases in the Karkardooma District Courts here, has been replaced by Justice Virender Bhatt as Special Judge (PC Act) (CBI) at Rouse Avenue Court in New Delhi district. transferred, which will now be. He is holding the post of ASJ in Karkardooma Court.

Listing the names of the transferred judges, the public notice issued by the Delhi High Court states: “The Hon’ble Chief Justice and the Hon’ble Judges of this Court are pleased to make the following postings/transfers in the High Court of Delhi. Judicial service forthwith with effect.”

Under the transfer the judicial officers have been directed to notify the cases in which they have reserved judgments or orders before relinquishing charge, said the public notice undersigned by Registrar General Manoj Jain.

A day before his transfer, ASJ Yadav accused Delhi Police of “police witnesses lying on oath” and making contradictory statements.

The observation came during the hearing of the Northeast Delhi riots case when a policeman identified three alleged rioters, but another said they could not be identified during the investigation.

Yadav had sought a report from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) in this regard, “It is a very regrettable situation.”

Judges have been disapproving of investigations conducted by the Delhi Police into some riot cases and have sometimes pulled them up for “drastic and ridiculous” investigations and even imposed fines, which were later found to be higher. was challenged in court.

Over the past few months, he has repeatedly sought Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana’s intervention to oversee the investigation and take action against the erring police officers.

In September, he came down heavily on the police, saying their failure to conduct a proper investigation would torment the “watchdog of democracy”, when history would see the city witness the worst communal riots since Partition.

In another case, Yadav had said that the standard of investigation in a large number of cases of the Northeast riots of 2020 is “very poor”.

“It is indeed a regrettable situation,” he observed in another case.

He also objected to the “wrongly clubbed FIR” and recently ordered a trial set aside on the basis of his religion.

Last year, the Delhi High Court designated two sessions and two magistrate courts to hear cases of communal violence registered in the northeast and Shahdara districts of the national capital.

Communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi in February 2020, following violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and its protesters, killing at least 53 people and injuring over 700.

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