Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Farmers Protests: Delhi High Court refuses to entertain PIL to release persons illegally arrested, detained by Police

The Delhi High Court today refused to entertain a petition seeking the immediate release of all persons illegally arrested and detained on/after January 26 in connection with the farmers protests from areas in and around the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of the national capital (Harman Preet Singh v. UOI).

While calling the PIL a "publicity interest litigation", a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh nonetheless directed the Delhi Police to complete its investigation into the FIRs registered in connection with the violence that took place during the tractor rally of January 26.

"Delhi Police is directed to complete investigation in FIRs registered as early as possible and practicable within the time-bound schedule", the Court ordered. 

The Court was informed that as per Delhi Police, 122 persons had been arrested after being named in 44 FIRs.

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