Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel keeping vigil after last week's violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Shiv Vihar in New Delhi on March 12, 2020.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel keeping vigil after last week's violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Shiv Vihar in New Delhi on March 12, 2020.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Delhi riots: Kalita trying to create narrative to implicate Kapil Mishra, say police

As per the case of the prosecution, Kalita was a part of the organisation Pinjra Tod which actively participated in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and instigated the riots.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:18 AM IST

The Delhi Police on Monday claimed before a city court that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Devangana Kalita, an accused in a north-east Delhi riots case, was creating a “narrative” in the media to show that BJP leader Kapil Mishra was behind the communal violence and, if the investigation, the prosecution and the country were to continue on the foundation of what was being reported in the media, then that would the end of the rule of law.

Police told additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat that there was allegedly another narrative of “inscrutable indolence” created by the accused to show the prosecution in a bad light. The court was hearing the bail application of Kalita.

Special public prosecutor Amit Prasad, appearing for the police, claimed that the accused was creating “narratives” to allegedly show that Mishra was behind the riots and making these narratives viral to make people believe that it was the truth.

“The accused is trying to show that Kapil Mishra was behind all these and that the police were investigating only one side. The accused first create a narrative and then they make it viral and then make people believe that this is what happened as everybody is saying so. The accused create a narrative and file multiple petitions on it. Media houses pick it up and media houses will continue to pick up the narrative because if it has been pleaded in the petitions, then most of the people will start believing that,” Prasad said.

He further said narratives were created to show that the police were allegedly carrying out a biased investigation. He said from the statements of witnesses, it was seen that the narrative that supporters of the amended citizenship laws started the riots was false.

As per the case of the prosecution, Kalita was a part of the organisation Pinjra Tod which actively participated in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and instigated the riots.

To this, Kalita’s counsel Adit Pujari said just because Kalita was part of the Pinjra Tod group, it does not mean that she supported Sharjeel Imam, another accused in the riots conspiracy case. He further said there were posters to free Imam at the farmers’ protests as well.

“Are all those farmers also part of the riots too? Multiple people have different views. That’s the beauty of a democracy,” he said.

The court will further hear the bail plea on December 16.

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