The Delhi High Court has designated four special courts for holding trials in the cases relating to the violence and clashes that broke out in the northeast district of the national capital in February this year.
The high court has created two magistrate courts and two sessions courts for holding trials in connection with the Delhi riots.
“The Courts of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) North-East in Karkardooma Court and Metropolitan Magistrate (MM)-4 of the Shahdara district in Karkardooma court are designated as the courts for trial of recent communal violence cases registered in North-East and Shahdara Districts respectively,” the high court said in its June 15 order signed by Registrar General Manoj Jain.
While Purshotta Pathak, who is currently serving as the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) New Delhi has now been made CMM northeast and has been transferred from the Patiala House Court to the Karkardooma Court, Fahad Uddin, who is serving as MM-1, the central district has been made MM-4 Shahdara district and has been transferred from the Tis Hazari Court to the Karkardooma court.
Pathak has been swapped with Pawan Singh Rajawat while Fahad Uddin has swapped with Gita. District and Sessions Judge (DSJ), northeast at the Karkardooma Court has been asked to withdraw the cases of the police station Karawal Nagar (except riot cases and cases under Section 138 NI Act) and police station Gokul Puri (except riot cases and cases under Section 138 NI Act) from the court of CMM, northeast, KKD and assigned the same to the courts of Vinod Kumar Gautam, ACMM, northeast, KKD and Rakesh Kumar Rampuri, MM-3, northeast, KKD, respectively.
On the other hand, DSJ Shahdra at the Karkardooma Court shall withdraw the cases of police station Jyoti Nagar (except riot cases and cases under Section 138 NI Act) and police station Welcome (except riot cases and cases under Section 138 NI Act) from the Court of MM-4, Shahdara, KKD (hitherto presided over by Gita) and assign the same to the Courts of Mona Tardi Kerketta, CMM, Shahdara, KKD and Ravindra Kumar Pandey, MM-3, Shahdara, KKD, respectively.
The high court ruled, “The Courts of (Additional Sessions Judge) ASJ-3, northeast, Karkardooma (KKD) and ASJ-3, Shahdara, KKD are designated as courts for trial of recent communal violence/riot cases registered in Delhi in northeast and Shahdara districts respectively.”
The High Court directed that the DSJ, northeast District shall allocate all the sessions’ triable riot cases to the Court of ASJ-3 in the district and a similar direction was given to the DSJ, Shahdara.
In its order, the Delhi High Court also announced the transfer of various judges including Vinod Yadav who has been made the new ASJ-3, northeast, Karkardooma and Presiding Officer (PO) Amitabh Rawat who was earlier posted as ADJ-4 south-east at the Saket Court has now been made ASJ-3, Shahdara at the Karkardooma Court.
The court has also transferred PO Smita Garg who was earlier serving as ADJ-2 Shahdara at the Karkardooma Court to the Rohini Court as ASJ-3, north district while Manjusha Wadhwa would replace Garg as ADJ-2, Shahdara district.
Violence had broken out in parts of Delhi in February after clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act agitators spiralled out of control, leaving 53 dead.
Over 700 FIRs were lodged and the SIT probing the matter has arrested or detained more than 2,500 people, including the suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, in connection with the cases pertaining to the Delhi violence.