Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid has been named in a chargesheet filed by Delhi Police in the Delhi riots case. He has been accused of giving “provocative speeches”.

According to a report by the NDTV, in the 17,000-page chargesheet of September 17, there is a statement from a witness who said: “Umar Khalid, Salman Khurshid, Nadeem Khan… they all used to give provocative speeches (at anti-CAA/NRC sit-ins in Delhi) and people used to get mobilised.”

The name of the person whose statement has been quoted has not been named by the police however, in order to protect the witness’ identity. The NDTV report mentions that the police claimed the witness was part of the “core team of conspirators” who were accused of plotting the riots. Not just this witness, Khurshid has been named by another accused for giving speeches at protest sites.

Apart from Salman Khurshid, CPIM leader Brinda Karat, lawyer Prashant Bhushan and activist Yogendra Yadav have also been named in the chargesheet. The Delhi riots took place in February this year, in which 54 persons were killed.

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