Delhi Police Sends Notice to Dr. Zafarul Islam, Wants Him to Join for Interrogation

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Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission.

Mohd Aasif  | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The special Cell of Delhi Police today sent a notice to Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan to join interrogation within two days.

“Delhi Police Special Cell has sent a notice to Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairperson of Delhi Minorities Commission and has asked him to join interrogation within 2 days, in connection with his instigating statement on social media”, reports ANI

A sedition case was filed by Delhi police against the DMC chief on April 30 after the ruling BJP and Hindutva activists raised objections over Khan’s statement thanking the Kuwait government for speaking up against the attacks on Muslims in India. Khan, 72, is a world renowned scholar, journalist and civil rights activist.

The case was registered under Sections 124A (sedition) and 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code.

Talking to Clarion India, Khan confirmed the receipt of notice. He said he was ready to cooperate with the police. “Earlier cops asked for my laptop and I handed it over. We will provide them the newly sought information”. He, however, refused to share the content of the notice and the new information police are seeking.

Khan’s residence in Ohkla’s Abul Fazal Enclave was raided by police on 7 May while he was going to break his Ramzan fast. Police had to retreat in the face of stiff resistance by people of the area. His lawyer Vrinda Grover also warned the police against his arrest. “As Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan’s lawyer I am hereby placing on record that as per law you cannot compel him to go to the police station. That would violate the CrPC and amount to illegal police action against the rights of my Client,” she had said.

Khan had approached the high court seeking anticipatory bail in the sedition case lodged against him, citing his old age, health issues and risk of the COVID-19 infection. The petition was heard through video conferencing by Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri who also asked the police to give prior notice to Khan if called for investigation

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