The cases pertaining to the North East riots and connected anti CAA protests cases involved large scale communal violence and require careful handling in view of the gravity and deep impact on the society. As such, effective prosecution in these cases is the need of the hour.
Since the cases are of highly sensitive nature, very large in numbers and there are several petitions including bail matters, other misc. applications and Writ Petitions which have been filed in various courts, these require constant monitoring and coordination across different courts. It was therefore felt that a dedicated team of prosecutors is needed and senior law officers/senior advocates/advocates may also be appointed as Special Public Prosecutors to ensure that the cases are handled properly and in a focussed manner.
It is beyond doubt that the Public prosecutor represents the state by virtue of his office. At the same time, he is also an officer of the Court and is required to render assistance to the court to arrive at a just and equitable decision. While discharging these duties, he acts in a manner that is fair to the court, to the investigating agencies, as well to the right of the accused with guiding principles of the spirit of law based on prudence, common sense and equity.
Therefore, there is no reason to imagine that the public prosecutors appointed wouldn’t perform their duty fearlessly and impartially as the officers of the court. We have full faith in the judicial process and we are committed to ensure that the guilty in the Riot cases are awarded the strictest punishment as per law.