New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Sunday clarified that CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj campaign leader Yogendra Yadav and economist and Delhi University professor Jayanti Ghosh have not been arraigned as accused in the supplementary chargesheet (of Delhi violence case) filed by them.Also Read - Kisan Mahapanchayat: Talks With Karnal Officials Fail, Farmers to Decide Next Course of Action Soon
Issuing a clarification, the Delhi Police said,”As far as tweet by a news agency regarding Delhi Police naming academicians and politicians in supplementary charge sheet of case related to Jaffrabad riots is concerned, it’s mentioned in one of online news agency report that names are part of disclosure statement of one of the accused in connection with organizing and addressing the Anti-CAA protests. It is worth mentioning that the disclosure statement has been truthfully recorded as narrated by the accused person.” Also Read - Delhi Riots: Probe Standard 'Very Poor' in Large Number of Cases, Says Court
It added,”A person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of disclosure statement. However, it is only on the existence of sufficient corroborative evidence does further legal action is taken. The matter is currently subjudice.” Also Read - 'This is Why it Was Necessary to Enact CAA', Says Union Minister Hardeeep Singh Puri Citing Afghanistan Crisis
Earlier on Saturday, Yechury lashed out at the central government after his name appeared in the case. “Delhi Police is under the Centre and Home Ministry. Its illegitimate, illegal actions are a direct outcome of the politics of BJP’s top leadership. They are scared of legitimate peaceful protests by mainstream political parties and are misusing state power to target the opposition”, he tweeted.
Notably, communal violence broke out in North-East Delhi on February 24 after clashes between CAA supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.