How Delhi Police Are Denying Riot-Accused A Basic Legal Right – By Betwa Sharma
On 19 January, Umar Khalid, a political activist lodged in Tihar Jail, told additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat that he had been given access to the chargesheet of the Delhi riots conspiracy case only three days earlier, two months after he was charged in November.
While Khalid, a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Sharjeel Imam, a PhD student at JNU, and Faizan Khan, a mobile phone salesman, were charged in November, 15 of the 18 accused in the Delhi riots conspiracy case were charged in September. Khalid said he only had three hours every day to read through thousands of pages that would determine the course of his life….
Some of the accused have been incarcerated in connection with FIR 59 since March 2020. The invoking of UAPA in April resulted in the indefinite detention of students and activists….