Delhi court grants Ishrat Jahan bail in UAPA case

New Delhi, March 15 (KMS): A Delhi sessions court has granted bail to Ishrat Jahan in a case registered against her under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA.

Ishrat Jahan, a former Congress councillor, has been jailed since February 26, 2020, over what Delhi police has claimed is her connection with the anti-Muslim riots in the Indian capital. She was arrested from an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest site in New Delhi’s Khajuri Khas.

Bar and Bench has reported that the bail was granted by Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat of the Karkardooma Court. The UAPA case is against the infamous FIR 59/2020 which names several activists, lawyers and students.

The FIR contains stringent charges not only under the UAPA but also the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

Orders on the bail pleas of three other accused in the same case, Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam and Saleem Khan, have been deferred to March 21 and 22, LiveLaw has reported.

Jahan is also named as accused in another case over anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in northeast Delhi and has already got bail in that case. Her lawyer Pradeep Teotia has told Indian Express that with no pending cases against her, this latest bail clears the way for her release from judicial custody.

Over fifty persons, mostly Muslims, were killed in the riots that occurred during the visit of former US President Donald Trump, to India in February 2020.

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