Court asks Metro to save footage

A court on Friday asked the Crime Branch of Delhi Police to preserve the CCTV footage of Rajiv Chowk and Rithala Metro stations as evidence in the case of the death of Constable Subhash Chand Tomar in violent protests at India Gate against the 16 December gangrape incident.

‘Since the Investigating Officer (IO) has already taken steps to preserve CCTV footage, there is no harm if the CCTV footage is preserved to serve the ends of justice. Therefore, IO is directed to do the needful regarding the preservation of the CCTV footage pertaining to stations Rithala and Rajiv Chowk dated 23 December for relevant time and DMRC is also directed to preserve the same at the instance of IO. Application stands disposed of accordingly,’ Metropolitan Magistrate Ambika Singh said. The court’s order came on the plea of two accused in the case, Kailash Joshi and his brother Amit, seeking directions to police and DMRC to preserve the 23 December video footage of Rajiv Chowk and Rithala metro stations to prove their pleas of alibi.

The two have contended that they were not part of the protests in which Tomar was grievously injured and at the relevant time they were travelling in metro trains.

Besides the two brothers, six others - Nafees, Shankar Bisht, Nand Kumar, Shantanu Kumar, Abhishek and Chaman Kumar - have been made accused for allegedly taking part in protests which later turned violent and in which Constable Subhash Chand Tomar had allegedly got injured and later succumbed to his injuries.
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