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Delhi Violence: Congress's Salman Khursid Named In Chargesheet For 'Provocative Speeches'
CPM leader Brinda Karat, lawyer Prashant Bhushan and activist Yogendra Yadav have also been named in the chargesheet giving speeches.
Delhi Violence: Congress's Salman Khurshid Named In Chargesheet For 'Provocative Speeches'
New Delhi: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has been named in the latest charge sheet filed by the Delhi police in the Delhi violence case for giving "provocative speeches"
On September 17 the 17,000-page charge sheet filed contains a statement from the witness saying "Umar Khalid, Salman Khurshid, Nadeem Khan... they all used to give provocative speeches (at anti-CAA/NRC sit-ins in Delhi) and people used to get mobilized."
However, the police have not mentioned the exact nature of the alleged provocation speech.The police have concealed the identity of the witness. The police claim the witness was part of the core team of the conspirators accused of plotting the riots.
Also, the statement has been recorded before the Magistrate (under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure or CrPC), giving it greater legal weight.
In the statement recorded by the police, Mr. Khurshid has also been named by the other accused of giving speeches at protest sites.
"If you do garbage collection, you get a lot of filth. Any garbage can be put to support statements made by individuals. I would be intrigued to know what is a provocative statement," the 67-year-old senior Congress leader said, responding to the allegations.
"Did I attend a protest to sing a lullaby or support a constitutional, legitimate cause. (This is) an attempt at garbage collection. Sadly, the garbage collectors are not doing a good job. Don't pick up the garbage and ask questions on the quality of garbage."
"Has (the witness) not lied by saying I made provocative statements. Have the police acted on the statement? If they have not acted on it what is the value of the statement," Mr. Khurshid added.
Mr. Khurshid is the highest-ranking politician named in the police charge sheet so far. The Delhi Police have come under criticism for using the riots probe to target critic of the government.
Also, CPM leader Brinda Karat, lawyer Prashant Bhushan and activist Yogendra Yadav have also been named in the charge sheet giving speeches.