Human Rights

Court’s relief to Asif Mohammad Khan in SIMI poster case

New Delhi: Asif Mohammad Khan, newly elected RJD MLA from Okhla who was facing a criminal case of war against the  state and spreading communal hatred got a relief from the court when a TV journalist, Pankaj Vohra, assistant editor  of a Hindi news channel who was a witness of the prosecution, said in the court that his channel has no recording of  his pasting the banned organisation SIMI’s posters. At this, the Additional Session Judge Pinki dismissed the case. Asif Mohammad Khan who was at that time a councillor in Delhi Municipal Corporation was arrested in September 2001 on charges of pasting SIMI posters in different parts of Okhla. Prosecution’s witness, Pankaj Vohra, said that now it is not possible for him to produce the clipping of the incident (showing him pasting the posters) in the court. It may also be mentioned that FIR  against Asif in this case was filed by a local bus owner, Sharif Khan, in Friends Colony Police Station in 2001 who had stated in his FIR that one such poster of SIMI was pasted on his bus also.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2009 on page no. 11

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