Thursday, January 23, 2020

HC refuses to quash FIR against protesters

The Gujarat high court has refused to quash an FIR filed against some protesters of the Citizenship Amendment Act observing that the investigation into “the serious offence” is under way and at a very nascent stage.
The court held the accused have not been able to establish that the HC should use its special powers to quash the FIR in this case.
Four protesters including Amarnath Vasava were arrested in Chhapi town in Banaskantha district of north Gujarat, where the protesters had gathered in large numbers.
The authorities had withdrawn permission to hold the programme at the last moment and detained Vasava and three others from their hotel in the morning of December 19, 2019.
After the protests, police booked people including these four for rioting, unlawful assembly, creating rift between communities and criminal conspiracy.
The protesters approached the HC saying that they had been in police detention at the time the alleged trouble took place. Still they have been implicated in the case. Cops had taken them to the venue at the insistence of the mob.
The HC observed that their submission is attractive, but the cops had to take them to the venue due to demand of the mob, which had already started damaging property.
Two of the accused delivered speeches and shouted slogans, though there was no permission to hold the programme, the HC said.

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