Judge critical of police’s Delhi violence probe transferred.

Untold India October 7, 2021

TAuthorities have transferred 11 judges including Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav who was looking into cases related to the 2020 anti-Muslim pogrom. He has been posted there as a special judge to hear corruption-related cases. Yadav had slammed the police for their probe in many cases. At one point, he had called their probe ‘callous and farcical” and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on them for not registering an FIR on a complaint filed by one Mohammad Nasir, who had lost one of his eyes during the pogrom. The Delhi High Court’s transfer notice came on the same day when Yadav observed that one of the police witnesses in a case related to the violence was “lying on oath”. He made the the comment after a head constable and an assistant sub-inspector of Delhi Police gave contradicting statements regarding identification of the accused persons in a case. In late September, ASJ Yadav dropped charges of arson against 10 people. In early September, while hearing the case of the alleged involvement of one Gulfam, the judge had pulled up the police for importing statements from a different FIR while filing charges against the accused. Similarly, Yadav had given a tough time to the police on various occasions.