- A photo of the 24-year-old Pathan, which shows him pointing to the pistol of an unarmed Delhi Police head constable Deepak Dahiya, went viral on social media during the communal violence in Seelampur last year.
Published on APR 16, 2021 08:05 AM IST
The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of Shah Rukh Pathan, who allegedly pointed a pistol at a police head constable during the riots in north-east Delhi in February last year, stating that “the video clip Has shaken the conscience of the court. “.
Justice Suresh Kait said that Pathan was not part of the mob of rioters, but he was leading the crowd. “It is difficult to believe that the accused did not know that his act could harm anyone present at the scene. The judge said that the role of the petitioner is not limited to participating in the mob of rioters, but to lead large crowds, hold pistols in hand and release open fire shots.
“… In the opinion of this court, the learned trial court has upheld that the petitioner is accused of participating in the riots and his photograph speaks a volume about his involvement. In view of the gravity of the offense committed by the petitioner Keeping, as per the facts of the present case, I am not willing to grant bail to the petitioner (Pathan), ”said the judge.
A photo of the 24-year-old Pathan, which shows him pointing to the pistol of an unarmed Delhi Police head constable Deepak Dahiya, went viral on social media during the communal violence in Seelampur last year. He was arrested from Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh on 3 March last year.
The police registered a case against him alleging that on 24 February last year, Pathan was partying with a large crowd, which pelted stones, petrol bombs and firing on the road between Zafarabad Metro Station and Maujpur Chowk.
The court also noted some of the materials mentioned in the petition, stating that it was not worth disclosing.
Pathan sought bail on the ground that there was a 50-hour delay in filing a case against him as the alleged incident took place on February 24, 2020 and an FIR was lodged on February 26.