TDN World Desk: A 40-member team of Delhi Police Special Cell on wednesday evening raided Delhi Minority Commission Chairman Zafarul Islam Khan’s house to pick him up for questioning, however, he refused to comply citing legal grounds.
Last week, on April 30 Delhi Police booked him under seditious charges over a facebook post where Dr Khan thanked kuwait for speaking up against the persecution of Minority Muslims in India.
Today (on wednesday evening), during iftar time police made a sudden visit at his home in Abdul Fazal Enclave in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. Nizam, Dr Khan’s assistant, told Clarion India, “A police party came to his residence at 6:30 pm to take him away for questioning. He was ready to comply, but when we talked to the lawyer, she raised objection saying how can they take someone for questioning without prior notice.”
After consulting with his lawyer Dr Zafarul Islam Khan refused to go with police for interrogation. Khan’s lawyer Vrinda Grover, in a statement Delhi Police,“You are informed that Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan is a senior citizen of 72 years age and he suffers from old age related physical illnesses that make him extremely vulnerable to the Covid-19 coronavirus. The law as per section 160 CrPC mandates that the police cannot compel attendance of a person above 65 years age at any place other than their residence for the purpose of investigation and interrogation. You are required as per law to question / interrogate Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan only in his residence and you cannot compel him to go to any police station.”
“As Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan’s lawyer I am hereby placing on record that as per law you cannot compel him to go to the police station. That would violate the CrPC and amount to illegal police action against the rights of my Client,” Vrinda Grover told the police, as quoted by Sabrangindia.
Dr Zafarul Islam Khan is currently serving as a Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission. He is a renowned scholar and founder of The Milli Gazette. As a chief of Delhi Minority body Zafarul Islam Khan spoke against the arbitrary arrest of Muslims in connection with Delhi violence. He also sought for police action over the reports of discrimination and social boycotting of the Muslims in various areas.