Mumbai: NCP leader Majeed Memon questioned the role of Delhi Police Commissioner in sparing people responsible for Delhi riots and blamed BJP leaders for inciting the mob through their hate speeches.
The ‘hate speeches’ by ’eminent’ BJP leaders are on record, said Memon, and said it was unfortunate that none of those leaders have been named in the charge-sheet.
“Delhi Police Commissioner’s role in selectively arraigning or sparing people for inciting violence leading to Delhi riots is questionable. The fire broke from blatant hate speeches from BJP leaders, who seem to enjoy immunity,” Memon tweeted.
‘BJP leaders enjoying immunity’
Memon’s statement comes after the names of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, and Delhi University professor Apoorvanand figured in a supplementary charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in the February riots cases. They were named for allegedly “provoking and mobilizing” anti-CAA protesters.
However, Delhi Police on Sunday refuted media reports that civil society members were arraigned as accused in the supplementary charge sheet filed by it in the case related to the northeast Delhi violence.
Meanwhile, Congress called the civil society members named in the charge-sheet “greater deshbhakts (patriots) than the fraudulent ones in power now”.
Delhi Police denies charging Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, Jayati Ghosh
Reacting to the development, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “This is worse than atrocious. I am in full solidarity with those charge-sheeted. They are greater deshbhakts than the fraudulent ones in power now.”
The civil society members also received support from retired IPS officer Julio Rebeiro who in an email written to Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava questioning the probe into the Northeast Delhi riots cases.
Saying that the Delhi Police was going after “peaceful protesters” while ignoring those who made hate speeches which triggered the riots in North East Delhi in February this year, Rebeiro urged the top cop to ensure a fair probe.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police issued a statement saying it was verifying the authenticity of the email sent by Rebeiro.