Delhi HC adjourns hearing till 27th on bail pleas by scholar Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Shifa-ur-Rehman

New Delhi, July 04, (KMS): The Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing till July 27 on bail pleas by scholar Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, and Alumni Association Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) President Shifa-ur-Rehman.

The scholars are illegally detained under a black law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) case related to the Delhi riots in February 2020.

Counsel, appearing for scholar Umar Khalid, sought an accommodation from the bench headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul on the ground that senior counsel Trideep Pais, who has been advancing arguments on his behalf, was indisposed on account of COVID-19.

The bench, also comprising Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar, deferred the hearing on the bail pleas by scholar Sharjeel Imam andAAJMI President Shifa-ur-Rehman.
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It observed that it would first conclude hearing submissions on behalf of Umar Khalid, a former JNU scholar, and then proceed to the others in the case.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad claimed that all the matters are interconnected as it is a case of conspiracy.

“List (others) on the same date as Umar Khalid. First, we will conclude Umar Khalid then we will hear the others,” said the court.

Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Rehman, and several others have been booked under UAPA, the case imposed by Delhi police on them for the February 2020 riots, which had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.

Besides them, activist Khalid Saifi, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, former AAP councilor Tahir Hussain and several others have also been booked under the stringent law in the case.

The protests had erupted during the agitation against the BJP government and its laws like the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.