In a direct fall- out the inability to control the Delhi violence , SN Srivastava, who is now Special Commissioner (Law and Order) has taken over as Commissioner of Police, Delhi from the incumbent Amulya Patnaik. Patnaik was due to retire after four days .
The Delhi police under Patnailk has come under severe flak for not taking action as thousands clashed in the North-east Delhi neighbourhoods such as Jafrabad, Yamuna Vihar, Babarpur, Khajoori Khas, torching vehicles and shops and houses, in the worst communal riots in the capital in at least two decades. At least 38 people have died in the clashes.
Yesterday, the government and the Delhi Police told the Delhi High Court that the police would need more time to lodge cases against people who were found to be inciting violence that may have led to the violence in Delhi.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing Delhi Police in the violence case, told the Delhi High Court that 48 FIRs have been lodged in relation to the north-east Delhi violence and there be no judicial intervention till normalcy is restored in the national capital.
Delhi Police has told the Delhi High Court that in a conscious decision, they have decided to not file an FIR for hate speech against anyone at this stage as it won’t help in restoring peace and normalcy in Delhi.
Delhi Police sought more time to investigate the hate speech videos of the BJP leaders. Delhi HC has given more time to Delhi Police to look into the hate speech videos and postponed the hearing for April 13.