NEW DELHI – A court on Saturday dismissed the bail applications of former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain in connection with two north-east Delhi riots cases.
According to PTI, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav passed the order on the bail applications filed by Hussain in connection with two cases of gunshot injuries sustained by two men during the widespread riots in the city’s north-east area in February last year.
“It is prima facie apparent that he used his muscle power and political clout to act as a kingpin in planning, instigating and fanning the flames of communal conflagration,” the ASJ said, adding that the allegations against him are extremely grave in nature.
“Even if there were no direct acts of violence attributable to the applicant, he cannot shy away from the fact that his building became the hub for the rioters and rabble-rousers to unleash the worst riots since Partition in Delhi,” the court remarked.
Dismissing the pleas, the judge stated that Hussain permitted his house to be used by rioters to play havoc upon the persons of other community, indulged in terror funding and used persons as human weapons. He said that there is enough material on record to presume that Hussain was “very well present” at the spot of crime and was exhorting the rioters of a particular community. “There is overwhelming evidence against him in 11 riot cases,” the judge said, adding that some suspicious money transactions had also been made from his bank accounts. “Considering the facts of the cases in totality, the gravity of offence and the influence which the applicant holds in the locality, I do not find it to be a fit case for grant of bail to the applicant in both the matters,” the judge said.
Advocate Rizwan, representing the accused, told the court that his client has been falsely implicated and the allegations levelled against him are nothing but a political blame-game to malign his image.
Anti-Muslim communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after CAA supporters clashed protesters spiralled leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.