New Delhi: More than three dozen officials from the Delhi police Cyber Cell on Wednesday moments before Iftar (post-fast meal) conducted raids on Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan; the Chairman of the Delhi Minority Commission, a week after it booked him on sedition charges.
While the police asked Khan to accompany them to the police station, his lawyer Vrinda Grover said that request was against the law.
A statement released by his lawyer, Supreme Court advocate Vrinda Grover, reads:
“You are informed that Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan is a senior citizen of 72 years age and he suffers from old age related physical illnesses that make him extremely vulnerable to the Covid-19 coronavirus.”
Grover further added that the law, as per Section 160 of the CrPC, mandates that the police cannot compel attendance of a person above 65 years age at any place other than their residence for the purpose of investigation and interrogation.
“You are required as per law to question/interrogate Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan only in his residence and you cannot compel him to go to any police station. As Dr. Khan”s lawyer, I am hereby placing on record that as per law you cannot compel him to go to the police station. That would violate the CrPC and amount to illegal police action against the rights of my Client,” she said in a statement.
Several locals, including Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan, former Congress MLA Asif Mohammad Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind vice president Mohammad Salim Engineer gathered there in support of the Minorities Commission Chairman.
Khan had on April 28, Zafarul-Islam Khan made a social media post on Twitter and Facebook about the atrocities being faced by Indian Muslims said “Mind you, bigots, Indian Muslims have opted until now not to complain to the Arab and Muslim world about your hate campaigns and lynchings and riots. The day they are pushed to do that, bigots will face an avalanche”.
Delhi Police Special Cell registered the FIR on the complaint of a Vasant Kunj resident against Khan under Indian Penal Code sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).
Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Subhash Chandra has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking his removal from the post over his alleged seditious remarks.
“..has brought hatred and contempt and has excited disaffection towards the sovereignty of India by instigating the foreign countries to wage war against India,” said the plea which is likely to be heard on May 1