Framed, Damned and Acquitted
A report by Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association has raised some serious questions on the conduct of the Delhi Police Special Cell on terror related cases
Sadiq Naqvi Delhi
A new report by a civil rights group, Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association, (JTSA) formed by Jamia Millia Islamia University has dug holes in the official narrative of several terror cases pursued by the much acclaimed Special Cell of Delhi Police. The report titled, ‘Framed, Damned and Acquitted, the Dossiers of a very Special Cell’ was released yesterday in the capital. The group was formed after the infamous Batla House encounter in 2008, which is widely perceived to be fake. The demands for a judicial probe have not been heeded to by the government lending more currency to the claims of it being staged.
The report which is a compilation of 16 cases involving the so called ‘terror masterminds’ has meticulous details of how the suspects were framed by the police only to be later acquitted by the courts for lack of evidence and shoddy details which at times looked manufactured by the police itself. The Delhi Police in a clarification said that six cases are still pending before the courts. “The six cases they are talking of are the ones in which the police has appealed against the trial court verdict in the higher courts or the ones in which a few accused have been convicted of crimes that were not as serious as claimed in the chargesheets,” Manisha Sethi, President JTSA told Hardnews. “The Special Cell is clearly peddling lies when it says that in the case of Mauruf Qamar and Irshad Ali, the Supreme Court has set aside the chargesheet submitted by the CBI which says that they were police informers who were framed. Moreover, the new information being given to media on the case by officers of the special cell that they were informers and that they were double crossing us is also a blatant lie for in its chargesheet the special cell never said that they were working as informers. This fact came up only when the CBI investigated the case,” Sethi explained.
Noted civil rights advocate Justice Rajender Sachar, who was present at the event attended by almost three hundred students, activists and academics called on the Congress government to answer some serious questions on its conduct when it comes to such terror related cases. He also emphasised that this was a clear distortion of the law and the rights of those individuals who have been falsely implicated by the State and its agencies. Calling on the civil society to take up the fight for the rights of ordinary citizens, he sought strong punitive action against the erring officials. “Not a single officer in any of the operations described in the report has suffered criminal proceedings for the framing of innocents. Adverse observations, strictures and censures from the court have not come in the way of promotions, gallantry awards and President’s medals. Even after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) indicted ACP Sanjeev Yadav – a figure who will surface regularly in these pages – for staging an encounter in Sonia Vihar in 2006, he continues to head probes as crucial and sensitive as the attack on the Israeli diplomat in Delhi,” Sethi says.