For the last three days, AAP lawyer Mohammad Irshad said he has been running pillar to post to get a copy of the FIR naming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the violence during the Signature Bridge inauguration. However, the lawyer claimed visits to the local police station and the Crime Branch office, as well as PCR calls, have yielded no result.
On November 4, a scuffle had ensued during the inauguration between police and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, who later alleged AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan attacked him — a charge denied by the MLA. Tiwari also claimed AAP workers attacked him at Kejriwal’s behest. Two days later, police registered three separate FIRs at New Usmanpur police station against Kejriwal, Khan and Tiwari. Later, all three cases were transferred to the Crime Branch.
Since November 11, Irshad said he has been trying to get a copy of the FIR. He claimed he called the New Usmanpur police station SHO on Sunday, and was informed he was “unwell”. “The officer in-charge asked me to come on Monday. On Monday, I was informed the FIRs had been sent to the Crime Branch,” claimed Irshad.
He said he visited the Crime Branch office in Shakarpur at 12.15 pm on Tuesday. “I was told the person who has the FIR is out of the city. I was then told to collect the FIR from New Usmanpur police station,” he claimed.
He said he returned to the police station, but in vain. Later, he claimed he called the PCR to seek help. “I made the first call at 2.30 pm and PCR personnel came to the station, but my statement was not recorded. Two more calls were made to PCR at 3.03 pm and 3.04 pm, but did not elicit a response,” the lawyer claimed.
When contacted, DCP (Northeast) A K Thakur said: “We will look into the matter of calling the PCR at the station.” Asked why the FIR copy was not given to the lawyer, Thakur said: “We will look into it.”
Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Rajeev Ranjan said, “Neither the accused nor his lawyer have approached us so far. If the accused wants the FIR, he should submit a written application and he will be given the same. But in case of sensitive FIRs, the accused is not entitled to get the FIR in the initial stage.”
Supplying an FIR copy to the accused has been set as a precedent by the Delhi High Court order in a writ petition. It has also been mentioned on the Delhi Police website. The order says an accused is entitled to get a copy of the FIR at an “earlier stage”.
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