Delhi court defers order on Muslim scholar Umar Khalid’s bail plea

New Delhi, March 15 (KMS): A Delhi court deferred the pronouncement of its order on the bail application of former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scholar Umar Khalid in a fake case registered against him on Delhi riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma court will now pronounce the order next Monday (March 21). On March 3, the same bench had reserved its order on Khalid’s bail plea 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 black law UAPA, termed the charge sheet a ‘work of fiction’.

Khalid, was been booked under the black law — Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

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 more than 700 people were injured. Many mosques were burnt and destroyed, and Muslim houses and shops were looted and burnt by Hindutva members of BJP, RSS, VHP and Banjrang Dal.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court granted bail to former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan in a case related to the alleged larger conspiracy in the 2022 Delhi riots.