Shifa Ur Rehman, President of the Alumni Association of the Jamia Milia Islamia, arrested charged under UAPA in connection with the Delhi Riots that broke out in Delhi last year.
Justice Vibhu Bakru comprising a single bench observed that it is not able to just accept that during such cases, it is permissible to now no longer observe the standards of natural justice on the ground that even if the law has been complied with, it might serve no beneficial reason. The right of someone in detention to seek advice from a legal practitioner of his desire is a right assured through the Constitution of India, and it is not open for the State to dilute this constitutional on the ground that no purpose might have been served even supposing such consultation is permitted."
The statement came after Rehman challenged the order handed via way of means of a Sessions Court dated thirteenth August 2020 permitting prosecutions utility below sec. 43D of UAPA and prolonged the length of research and his detention until 17th September 2020. It became consequently claimed via way of means of Rehman that he become now no longer afforded good enough possibility to oppose the application for extension of the length for a final touch of the investigation as he becomes now no longer granted access to legal assistance and that notwithstanding orders passed via way of means of the concerned courts, he become now no longer provided any possibility to seek advice from or educate his lawyers.
Second, he submitted that the petitioner had been deprived of the replica of the application and consequently was not given a fair possibility to be heard. Third, that the impugned order amounted to reviewing an in advance order dated 24.07.2020, which is impermissible. He noted the decisions of the Supreme Court in Abdul Basit and Ors. v. Mohd. Abdul Kadir Choudhary and Anr.: 2014 10 SCC 754 and State rep. via way of means of D.S.P., S.B.C.I.D., Chennai v. K.V. Rajendran and Ors.: AIR 2009 SC 46 and submitted that the stated order couldn't be altered, changed, or reviewed besides according with Section 362 of the Cr. PC. In addition to the above, Mr. Singh additionally contended that the motives for extending the time for completion of the investigation as recorded withinside the impugned order aren't precise reasons as pondered beneath neath Section 43-D of UAPA. He additionally submitted that the stated motives aren't enough for extending the petitioner‘s detention.
Court added the principle that a person against whom an adverse order may be passed, is required to be provided full material on the basis of which such order may be premised, is required to be curtailed to the aforesaid extent but no further. The petitioner has to be afforded an opportunity – however, truncated it is – to present his reasons why the further time for investigation may not be granted. The contention that the petitioner has no right to oppose pose the extension of time for completion of the investigation is not persuasive. The conclusion of the learned court to the aforesaid effect is erroneous
Undeniably, the petitioner has a right to consult a legal practitioner of his choice. As discussed above, the petitioner was effectively denied this the petitioner once again contested the same, inter alia, on the ground that the petitioner was not supplied with a copy of the application and had been denied the opportunity to consult with his lawyer, which violated the petitioner‘s right under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
It is submitted that inaction on part of the respondents in providing no guarantees of medical reimbursement of medical expenses incurred at private semi-private is used for medical treatment. It is submitted that inaction on part of respondents is in gross violation of the rights of the effected members under Articles 14, 19 & 21 of Constitution of India." The plea reads.