BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, activist Yogendra Yadav, scientist Gauhar Raza and advocate Prashant Bhushan have been named in the Delhi Riots chargesheet for giving “provocative speeches” during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
According to a NDTV report, the 17,000-page chargesheet, filed on September 17, contains a statement from a witness saying: “Umar Khalid, Salman Khurshid, Nadeem Khan… they all used to give provocative speeches (at anti-CAA/NRC sit-ins in Delhi) and people used to get mobilised.”
In an interview with Indian Express, Khurshid said, “If you pick up all the garbage there is, you will end up with over 17,000 sheets of a chargesheet. A chargesheet is supposed to be distilled, authentic, effective and useful evidence of a cognizable offence. If someone says that 12 people came and made provocative speeches, it can’t be that 12 people made the same kind of provocative speech and each one had the same level of provocation. Provocation and mobilisation is not a criminal offence in this country.”