Police have received prosecution sanction from the Kejriwal government against Umar Khalid under UAPA, a former JNU student leader, in connection with a case related to the February communal violence in northeast Delhi, officials said on Friday.
“We have given prosecution sanction in all the Delhi riots related cases registered by the police. Now, it is up to the courts to see who are the accused,” a senior Delhi government functionary said.
The sanction has been received against Mr. Khalid in the Delhi riots conspiracy case, in which he was booked under the stringent anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Umar Khalid booked under the UAPA
In March, the BJP had alleged that the “tukde-tukde gang” had planned to defame the country during US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. Saffron party’s IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya also shared a video clip of Khalid alleging the former JNU student had asked people to “come out on the streets” during Trump’s visit to Delhi on February 24.
A senior police officer said that police have received prosecution sanction from both the Delhi government and the Union Home Ministry against Mr. Khalid in connection with Delhi riots conspiracy case.
“We have received prosecution sanction against Umar Khalid in connection with a case registered against him under the UAPA. We have received sanctions from both the Delhi government and the Ministry of Home Affairs,” the officer said.
The officer said that the prosecution sanctions against Umar Khalid under UAPA were received a fortnight ago and added that the Delhi Police can now name him in their supplementary charge sheet.
“To prosecute one under section 13 of the UAPA, we need sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs, which we have already received. For prosecutionof Umar khalid under UAPA under section — 16,17 and 18 , we have received sanction from the Delhi government,” the officer said.
Mr. Khalid was arrested on September 13 under the UAPA act in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi.
The speech was given by Khalid on February 17 in Amravati, Maharashtra in which he had said that when Donald Trump visits India on February 24, they will show how the Indian government is trying to divide the country and tarnish the principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
Khalid accused of hatching a criminal conspiracy to cause communal unrest
“We will come out on streets in huge numbers to tell the US President that people of India are fighting to bring everyone together. Will you come out,” he had asked.
Umar Khalid under UAPA has been accused of hatching a criminal conspiracy to cause communal unrest by inciting people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens in the national capital.
As per the FIR filed by the Delhi Police, Khalid and his associates brought women and children to block the road at several places in a bid to hatch a conspiracy to incite riots. A Delhi Police sub-inspector had also alleged that firearms, petrol bombs, acid bottles, and stones were stored at homes in Kardampuri, Jafrabad, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, Shiv Vihar and nearby areas as part of the conspiracy.