Delhi HC to hear plea seeking SIT probe on violence in North-East Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a writ petition seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to inquire into the incident of violence in North-East Delhi and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence. The matter was mentioned before a division bench comprising of Justices GS Sistani and Anup Jairam Bhambani who will hear the matter on Wednesday.

The petition filed by human rights activist Harsh Mander seeks registration of FIRs against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for inciting violence through hate speech. The plea also seeks providing the detained people’s access to their family members and to legal aid. It has further asked for preservation of evidence and CCTV footage of all cameras in and around the protest sites.

It has also sought directions to the Centre for deployment of the Army to maintain law and order in the national capital and areas where the “communal attack on people are most ferocious”.

Fresh violence erupted in the national capital on Tuesday, hours after Union home minister Amit Shah called for an urgent meeting with Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the law and order situation in the city.

Eleven people have died and over 100 injured in incidents of stone pelting and violent clashes in Delhi’s North-East. The violence comes amid crucial talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump who is on a visit to India. Following the meeting Kejriwal said the Delhi government has been assured “of more troops” if required.

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