Confusion and controversy surrounded a hours-long police search on the workplace of a lawyer representing among the accused within the north-east Delhi riots case.
Delhi Police’s particular cell on Thursday performed searches on the workplace of senior advocate Mahmood Pracha at Nizamuddin in reference to a case filed towards him. Pracha, nonetheless, filed a police grievance that imposters posing as police personnel visited his workplace and took info from his computer systems in pen drives.
The police denied this, and mentioned the search was by them and that that they had a court docket order.
An individual from Pracha’s workplace, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned late on Thursday night that police groups had been nonetheless inside Pracha’s workplace.
In the course of the day, a video of police personnel in plainclothes inside Pracha’s workplace at Nizamuddin was circulated on social media, which exhibits Pracha remonstrating with police personnel that he couldn’t give the data that the police had been looking for. Police personnel could be heard telling him within the video that they’ve a court docket order permitting them to look his workplace. In response, Pracha is heard citing attorney-client privilege that bars him from revealing info that was saved in one of many pc methods and that whereas the police are free to scan the computer systems in his workplace however he himself wouldn’t share any particulars with them.
The video additionally exhibits Pracha and the police arguing concerning the validity of the warrant.
Pracha represents a number of folks accused of perpetrating violence or conspiring to trigger the riots that ravaged north-east Delhi in February. His purchasers embody Bhim Sena chief Chandrashekhar Azad and Gulfisha Fatima.
Pracha couldn’t be reached for remark regardless of repeated calls to him and to his workplace. The particular person from his workplace cited above mentioned that the police have seized the lawyer’s cellphone too. HT couldn’t independently confirm this.
Delhi Police mentioned that they visited Pracha’s workplace in connection to a case. On August 22, police registered an FIR towards Pracha after one of many riot victims informed a court docket that the lawyer has requested him to pretend a deposition and body three folks in riot circumstances. Police had then informed the court docket that that they had filed a case towards Pracha for giving false info to the court docket, dishonest, forgery and prison conspiracy.
On the time itself, Pracha denied the police’s allegations and mentioned that the case was meant to intimidate him. Pracha was additionally a distinguished face of the protests towards the citizenship modification regulation .
In response to Pracha’s allegation about imposters raiding his workplace posing as police personnel, the police issued an announcement on Thursday night. It learn: “In the course of the course of a bail matter pertaining to an accused of the NED riots, use of a cast notary stamp and creation of allegedly false/manipulated proof by the hands of sure members of the bar was seen. The discovered particular court docket had noticed that the identical required thorough investigation. Pursuant to this, a prison case below applicable sections of regulation was registered and investigation was taken up.”
Police mentioned that in investigation, search warrants had been obtained from court docket to search for digital and different proof at two locations and that they had been executing the identical on Thursday.