NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Monday sought response of the Delhi Police on a plea by Asif Iqbal Tanha, a Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) student and anti-CAA activist, who was arrested in a case related to communal violence in northeast Delhi and charged with UAPA, seeking inquiry against officials for leaking information to the media.
The court asked two news outlets Zee News and Op India and two social media pages to respond to the plea seeking direction to take down the sensitive information made public after being leaked by officials of Delhi Police.
The high court, however, did not pass an ex-parte order as it said it will pass the necessary orders after hearing all the sides and set September 11 as next date of hearing.
Tanha’s lawyer Siddharth Aggarwal, according to the report, argued that his bail plea was being considered by the trial court and the timing of publication of articles in the media was such that it was not only prejudicing the public mind but also the trained mind which was hearing the bail application.
The petition said Tanha was aggrieved by various publications reporting that he has confessed to orchestrating the Delhi riots and alleged that he was coerced to sign certain papers in the effective custody of police.
“The petition said Tanha was aggrieved by various publications reporting that he has confessed to orchestrating the Delhi riots and alleged that he was coerced to sign certain papers in the effective custody of police.”
It said this information does not have any evidentiary value and alleged that the Delhi Police officials, with malafide intention, leaked the statements to the media to prejudice his case.
The high court was informed that the charge sheet has not yet been filed in the case.
Special Public Prosecutor Rajat Nair, representing the Delhi government and Delhi Police, sought time to seek instructions on the issue, the report added.
Tanha is in jail since May when he was arrested by police on charges of being part of alleged conspiracy by anti-CAA activists to orchestrate violence in Delhi.
Tanha was injured in police violence that took place on JMI campus on the evening of December 15, 2019.