Cops to Delhi HC: 17% of UAPA cases still need investigation.

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According to a status report provided to the Delhi high court, the Delhi Police have been investigating about 17% of cases involving the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) since 2005, while 35% of the cases have not yet reached a court decision.

In response to five appeals by the accused in separate cases challenging the trial court’s judgement extending the detention period from 90 to 180 days, the numbers were provided to the court.

The information was provided after the high court ordered the Delhi Police to give information on certain UAPA instances in which they filed a charge sheet within a 90-day window and cases in which they requested an extension in October.

In the report, Delhi Police said that between August 7, 2005, and August 7, 2022, they registered 98 cases under UAPA, of which they investigated 83 and forwarded 15 to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police informed the high court that 14 cases are still under investigation while 29 cases are still awaiting a court decision after being investigated by the Delhi Police.

Charge sheets were submitted within the required 90-day window in 40 of the 83 investigated cases, according to Delhi Police, while an extension past 90 days was requested in 20 cases.

Twelve of the 14 ongoing cases that are currently under investigation have not yet seen any arrests; the other two have, but the 90-day window for filing a charge sheet has not yet passed.Police stated that the remaining nine cases’ specifics are “unchecked.”

The high court announced in October that it would look into a number of procedural issues pertaining to the lengthening of this custody period.

The high court announced in October that it would look into a number of procedural issues pertaining to the lengthening of this custody period.Zeeshan Qamar, one of the petitioners, was detained by the Delhi Police Special Cell in September of last year on suspicion of terrorism.

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) allegedly trained Qamar and another individual in Pakistan last year, according to the special cell. Additionally, according to Special Cell personnel, Qamar and another individual were directed to scout out potential areas in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for improvised explosive device placement (IEDs).

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