The Delhi police informed a courtroom on Thursday that simply like the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata was a story of conspiracy, the north east Delhi riots was additionally an alleged conspiracy whose ‘Dhritarashtra’, mythological character of the epic, was but to be recognized.
The accused, who was in search of bail tried to match the police by saying this case can’t be like a Ramayana “where we are going to wait 14 years to see if we can finally come out.”
The two main epics of historic India, Mahabharata and Ramayana, got here in for reference by each, the prosecution and accused, to argue their circumstances, whereas drawing comparability between the books, the mythological characters and the alleged conspiracy of the riots.
They got here in for point out in the course of the bail software of JNU scholar and a Pinjra Tod member, Natasha Narwal who was arrested underneath the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, for allegedly being half of a premeditated conspiracy within the riots.
Her counsel claimed over the previous eight odd listening to a ‘Chakravyuh’ has been ready by the prosecution and the accused would try to be one other mythological character ‘Abhimanyu’ of Mahabharata and attempt to escape of it.
Referring to the accused’s rivalry that the cost sheet was the second largest doc after the ‘Mahabharata’, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, showing for the police, mentioned the WhatsApp group Delhi Protest Support Group (DPSG) was like the mythological character of ‘Sanjaya’, who was narrating all the things to ‘Dhritarashtra’.
Prasad informed Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat that DPSG allegedly managed and monitored all of the protest websites and the intent was not a protest however a disruptive ‘Chakka Jaam’, with an finish consequence of violence.
“The accused’s counsel said the charge sheet was the second biggest document after the ‘Mahabharata’. He had argued the Mahabharata was 22,000 pages and the charge sheet was 17,000 pages. I would like to point it out that ‘Mahabharata’ was a story of a conspiracy and incidentally this case is also that of a conspiracy. In ‘Mahabharata’, ‘Sanjaya’ was the one who was able to see everything.
“The ‘Sanjaya’ of this conspiracy was DPSG. ‘Sanjaya’ was narrating everything to ‘Dhritarashtra’. The ‘Dhritarasthra’ here is yet to be identified,” the prosecutor submitted.
Advocate Adit Pujari, appearing for Narwal, said “Over the past eight odd hearings a ‘Chakravyuh’ has been prepared by the prosecution. It is going to be our attempt to be another mythological character ‘Abhimanyu’ and break out of it. Let’s be very clear the reason that this is being done is that the charge sheet does not really contain a prima facie case.
“This is not going to be a Ramayana where we are going to wait 14 years to see if we can finally come out. It is happening now and here, we are arguing this now,” Pujari claimed.
As his laptop system crashed within the center of the listening to, Pujari once more commented on the bulkiness of the cost sheet and mentioned that the cost sheet was so heavy that it typically slowed down the pc.
Prasad, whose system additionally crashed in the course of the listening to, mentioned “the accused further argued that protest is not crime. I agree but we have seen that clearly through and through the intent was not a protest, a disruptive chakra jam and with clear indication that the end result was violence.
In the submission made through video conferencing, the prosecutor said Narwals’ contention that the statements of the witnesses were extorted from them by putting pressure, was a “figment of imagination”.
“The accused’s counsel had argued that the witnesses despite being aware did not report it at that time. Let me say, this is a case where the witnesses have come forward and said they did not trust the local police at that time. We would not discuss the delay and that is a matter of trial.
“The statements recorded underneath part 164 (recording of assertion earlier than the Justice of the Peace) Code of Criminal process are corroborated with contemporaneous chat data. In any case, the credibility of the witnesses can’t be examined at this stage,” he mentioned.
He additional mentioned ‘Chakka Jaam’ began on February 22 and chats, which have been half of the chargesheet, confirmed that until February 23, nothing occurred on the location the place the protestors supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act have been current.
“Narwal was brought on to the DPSG group after she was able to set up the protest site at Seelampur. She was part of the DPSG group which was controlling and monitoring all protest sites. She attended the alleged conspiratorial meeting of February 16 and February 17. The chats have clearly revealed that there was a proposal to incite violence.
“She was privy to the principal conspirators. She was coordinating with the Jamia Coordination Committee. Detailed elaborations not required on merits at this point. The prima facie case stands established,” the general public prosecutor alleged.
Pujari alleged that 53 folks died within the riots however the cost sheet revolved across the deaths of solely three persons- Head Constable Ratan Lal, Rahul Solanki and Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma.