Sharjeel Imam detained under black law, UAPA, denied bail

New Delhi, April 12 (KMS): The Delhi court has denied bail to JNU student activist Sharjeel Imam detained under a black law, Unlawful Activities Prevent Act (UAPA), in a case related to the February 2020 Delhi riots. Besides him, several other students and activists were charged on fake cases.

The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, days after bail was denied to activists like Shifa-ur-Rehman, Meeran Haider and Umar Khalid in the same fake case.

So far, six accused in the case have been granted bail and include student activists; Safoora Zargar, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha and former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan and another man Faizan Khan.

Arguing for Sharjeel’s bail in the case, his lawyer, Senior Advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir had submitted that there was no question of blaming him in the “conspiracy” case as he had already been arrested before the riots began. However, the prosecution refuted his argument by saying that Sharjeel’s arrest was for sedition and not the alleged conspiracy.

Sharjeel has been charged in multiple sedition cases as well in connection with alleged protest speeches he delivered at the peak of the anti-CAA/NRC agitation. In fact, he has been booked in multiple cases for the same speech as well.

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