R-Day Violence: Court questions Police’s ‘investigation as per convenience’

Shivani Pandey

Published on August 24, 2021, at 12:42 IST

The Delhi Court on Monday drew up the Delhi Police for its ongoing investigation into the farmers’ protest and contended that the investigation was favoring in the best interests of the authorities.

While hearing the anticipatory bail plea of gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana, Additional Sessions Judge Gagandeep Singh stated that “It appeared as if the Police Investigation in the Case was as per the ‘convenience of the investigating authority’ instead of as per the mandate of the law”.

In an unfortunate event on Republic Day of India, thousands of farmers who were protesting against three contentious farmer laws that attempted to reform agricultural trade got into a clash with the Police and hindered public property in a tractor rally on Republic Day.

The Court observed that the response filed by the Investigating Officer in the matter of 35 farm leaders was a strive to digress the matter and that none of the said farm leaders were asked to be a part of the Investigation during eight months of Investigation.

“Common farmers who were just following the calls of their leaders are being picked up”, the Judge further added.

The Court on August 9, 2021, also asked the police to present a status quo report on its investigation that was being carried out with regards to the 35 leaders named in the FIR related to the Case.

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