The Delhi high court on Friday, while reserving its order on the bail plea of Pinjra Tod member Devangana Kalita, in connection with the communal violence in north-east Delhi in February, asked the Delhi Police why they did not have any video of Kalita making instigating speeches.
While hearing the arguments on Kalita’s bail plea in a case related to the communal violence in Delhi during protests against the CAA, Justice Suresh Kumar Kait had said, “Show me any portion of the speech recorded by the media or anyone else which showed that Kalita instigated the mob to commit the crime. Don’t you think that you should have recorded or kept some evidence since she has been allegedly making a nuisance since 2019”.
During that period, the media was everywhere and recording everything, the court said. “I want to know what she said which instigated the mob,” the judge said. Justice Kait added that if Kalita had been “creating a nuisance since 2019”, the police should have collected some evidence against her.
The judge asked the Delhi Police why they did not have any video of her making instigating speeches and reserved judgement on her bail plea .
The police said it has the videos of her allegedly instigating people before the riots took place on February 24 and 25 and also of February 22 and 23 when a large gathering was sitting and protesting outside Jaffrabad metro station against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).