By Pervez Bari
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Cyber Cell on Wednesday conducted raids on Zafarul-Islam Khan, the Chairman of the Delhi Minority Commission, in connection with a case registered against him over his alleged seditious remarks on social media.
Popular Front of India (PFI) chairman OMA Salam has strongly condemned the raid, saying "The action by the Delhi Police has crossed all limits of civil decency. The police are being used by the BJP government to harass and crush any type of dissent.
He termed it a very shameful situation that just a statement by a respected person bearing a statutory position becomes a pretext for police raid in his residence. There is no logical explanation for the raid. It is clear that such an act is only carried out to harass Dr Khan and give a warning to others who are critical of the policies of the Central government."
Salam called upon the civil society to strongly condemn this authoritarian act of raid and stand in solidarity with Dr Khan.
Meanwhile, speaking to IANS over the phone, Islam's counsel Vrinda Grover confirmed the raids on her client. "The raids have concluded and the police team has now left. We have asked the enforcement agency to work in accordance with the law."
In a statement, Grover said: "You are informed that Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan is a senior citizen of 72 years age and he suffers from old age-related physical illnesses that make him extremely vulnerable to the Covid-19 coronavirus."
Grover further added that the law, as per Section 160 of the CrPC, mandates that the police cannot compel the attendance of a person above 65 years of age at any place other than their residence for the purpose of investigation and interrogation.
"You are required as per law to question/interrogate Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan only in his residence and you cannot compel him to go to any police station. As Dr. Khan's lawyer, I am hereby placing on record that as per law you cannot compel him to go to the police station. That would violate the CrPC and amount to illegal police action against the rights of my Client," she said in a statement.
Khan had on 28 April posted controversial comments on his Facebook page. "Mind you, bigots, Indian Muslims have opted until now not to complain to the Arab and Muslim world about your hate campaigns and lynchings and riots. The day they are pushed to do that, bigots will face an avalanche," Khan had written on Facebook.
Delhi Police Special Cell registered the FIR on the complaint of a Vasant Kunj resident.
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