Demo against CAA/ Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad bail hearing: Delhi HC asks cops – what kind of permission needed to protest? Looks like Jama Masjid is in Pakistan

New Delhi: A court slammed Delhi Police on Tuesday for failing to show any evidence against Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, while hearing the bail application Azad, who was arrested after the anti-citizenship act (CAA) protests turned violent in Daryaganj. The court observed people are out on the streets because things which should have been said inside Parliament were not said.

Nothing violent about Azad’s posts, says court: After the public prosecutor opposed Chandrashekhar Azad’s bail application saying that he had incited violence through his social media posts, Tis Hazari court’s sessions judge Kamini Lau observed that there was nothing violent about them.

Judge asks cops whether they have read Constitution: Lau questioned whether there was anything wrong with protests and dharnas as she reminded the public prosecutor that “it is one’s constitutional right to protest”. She also asked whether they have read the Constitution.

“You are behaving as if Jama Masjid is in Pakistan. Even if it was Pakistan, you can go there and protest. Pakistan was a part of undivided India,” the judge told the prosecutor.

The court asked the investigating officer of the police to put on record all the evidence which showed that Azad was allegedly giving incriminatory speeches at the gathering at Jama Masjid and any law which showed that the gathering there was unconstitutional.

It has put up the matter for further hearing on Wednesday.

During the hearing, police told the court they have only drone images of the gathering as evidence and no other recording.

To this, the judge said, “Do you think Delhi police is so backward that it has no tools to record anything?”

Azad not giving proper medicines in Jail: Last week, chief metropolitan magistrate Arul Verma had observed that authorities in Tihar Jail kept giving Azad “ordinary medicines” even after being told he was suffering from polycythemia, a rare blood disease in which the body makes too many red blood cells.

The judge also made it clear that he was upset about the way jail officials had handled Azad’s case.

Verma also accepted Azad’s request that he should get proper treatment and ordered jail officials to ensure that he is treated for polycythemia and therapeutic phlebotomy at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, or AIIMS.

Chandrashekhar Azad was arrested on 21 December after he led a march from Jama Masjid against the new citizenship law.

He was charged with rioting, unlawful assembly and inciting the mob to indulge in violence after vandalism in central Delhi’s Daryaganj area. Azad is in judicial custody till January 18.