Court pulls up Delhi Police for seeking permission to handcuff Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi during court hearings

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday pulled up police officials for moving a petition seeking permission to produce Umar Khalid and United Against Hate founder Khalid Saifi in handcuffs before courts during hearings.

Two applications, both filed by Incharge, Lock-Up, Karkardooma District Courts, Delhi, seeking to produce Khalid and Saifi in “handcuffs in both hands from back side”, as they are “high-risk prisoners” were filed before the court.

“The instant applications are completely bereft of the reason(s), prompting the senior police officer(s) to take a decision to move such application(s). For want of material/reason(s) in respect of the applications in question, this Court is at a loss to consider the grant of prayer(s) in these applications.” The Court observed at the outset.

The Special Public Prosecutor was asked by the court about the meaning of “high-risk prisoner” and where the same has been defined; whether in the jail manual or Punjab Police Rules or the circular(s) issued by Delhi Police.

The court noted that both the accused had been granted bail in connection with the Khajuri Khas riots and that the main conspiracy case related to a UAPA investigation was not before this court.

In view of this, the Court directed the Special Cell and the Superintendent Jail to submit report for communicating reasons for moving such applications.

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