Court again defers order on Umar Khalid’s bail plea



A Delhi court has once again deferred the pronouncement of its order on the bail application of former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student and scholar Umar Khalid facing imprisonment in a fake case registered after February 2020 Delhi riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma court, who was set to deliver verdict in the matter on Monday, deferred it following the filing of written notes by the prosecution.

On March 3, a bench had reserved its order after hearing the submissions of parties in the matter.

Opposing the bail plea, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad argued on the relevance of the speech given by Umar Khalid in Amravati in February 2020. He said the bail application was rejected on February 11, pointing out that the announcement of Donald Trump visiting India came on the same day.

During the course of the hearing, Khalid’s counsel, opposing the charges under the draconian law of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities Prevent Act (UAPA), termed the charge sheet a “work of fiction”.

After the submissions, the court had reserved the order.

In February 2020 Delhi witnessed targeted and organised violence against Muslims.

The violence in the north eastern part of New Delhi led to the death of around 53 people, mostly Muslims and injuries to more than 700 others.

Many mosques were burnt and destroyed, and Muslim houses and shops were looted and burnt by BJP-RSS and other Hindutva groups.—KMS


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