Plea to display of names of arrested in Bengaluru riots case as per Sec. 41C of Criminal Procedure Code: Karnataka High Court
5th September 2020
On the night of 11th August, 2020, violent clashes and riots took place in the state of Bengaluru, after a mob of Muslim men protesting against a derogatory post on Facebook of Prophet Muhammad used as a reply against a derogatory post of Hindu Goddess, went on a rampage. Now, the Karnataka High Court division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi, issued notice to the State government on a petition filed seeking compliance of Section 41C of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. This mandates displaying of names and addresses of the person’s arrested and their names and designation of the police officers who made the arrests. The petitioner, Junaid Ahmed, who is a practicing advocate was contacted by many people after the Bengaluru riots, within the jurisdiction of DJ Halli Police Station, stating that the male members of their families were arrested and their whereabouts were unknown. He approached the local police station and the Commissioner of Police’s office but failed to track any details of the concerned.
Recently, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a plea seeking to display names of arrested accused on the website of the city police, as it would cause a Violation of their Right to Privacy.