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Delhi riots larger conspiracy: Delhi Police says AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain can challenge UAPA charges during trial

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New Delhi, Sept 29 (ILNS) The Delhi Police has filed it’s reply in the petition moved by former Aam Aadmi Party Councillor Tahir Hussain challenging the UAPA charges invoked against him in connection with the Delhi Riots larger conspiracy case.

The counter affidavit was filed by P.S. Kushwaha, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, New Delhi, before the Delhi High Court through Advocates Amit Mahajan and Rajat Nair, said that the issue relating to the validity of sanction for prosecution could have been considered only during trial.

According to the Affidavit, the present petition filed by Tahir Hussain is false, frivolous and vexatious. The petition is an abuse and misuse of the process of law. It has been filed on baseless, concocted and absurd facts and circumstances of the case. There is no cause of action in the present matter. The petition is absolutely misconceived, unmerited and being devoid of merits of the case. The petition is nothing, but an attempt to short circuit and stall the trial, stated the Delhi Police.

The Affidavit said that the petition is not maintainable before the High Court as alternative remedy as contemplated under the statute i.e. Unlawful Activities ( Prevention ) Act , 1967 read with National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 is available to the Petitioner and petition is not maintainable and is in direct conflict to the judgments passed by a three Judge Bench of the Supreme Court in The Assistant Commissioner of State Tax and others versus M/s Commercial Steel Limited bearing Civil Appeal No.  5121/2021 dated 03.09.2021and Radha Krishan Industries Vs State of  Himachal Pradesh & Ors 2021 SCC OnLine SC 334 .

“The validity of sanction order is a question of fact and therefore, should be left to be determined in the course of the trial and not in the exercise of writ jurisdiction either under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India or Section 482 of the  Code of Criminal Procedure , 1973 “, the counter affidavit highlights.

The Delhi police has stated in their reply that there is a distinction between absence of sanction and invalidity of sanction. Absence of sanction can be considered at the threshold but invalidity of sanction cannot be determined and is to be considered at the stage of trial.  

The Affidavit states that invalidity of sanction where sanction order exists , can be raised on diverse grounds like non – availability of material before the sanctioning authority or bias of the sanctioning authority or the order of sanction having been passed by an authority not authorized or  competent to grant such sanction .  The above grounds are only illustrative and not exhaustive.  All such grounds of invalidity or illegality of sanction would fall in the same category like the ground of invalidity of sanction on account of non – application of mind.

Further the issue relating to validity of the sanction for prosecution could have been considered only during trial since essentially the conclusion reached by the High Court is with regard to the defective sanction since according to the High Court , the procedure of providing opportunity for explanation  was not followed which will result in the sanction being defective , said the state police.

It is pertinent to note that Tahir Hussain has been named as an accused in around 10 other FIRs filed by Delhi Police and one complaint under money laundering charges being probed by Enforcement Directorate./ILNS/SS/SNG

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