April 27, 2021

Delhi riots: Delhi HC reserves order on bail pleas of JNU college students in UAPA case

The Delhi Excessive Courtroom Tuesday reserved an order on bail pleas of JNU college students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, arrested in reference to the communal riots in northeast Delhi final 12 months. A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani heard the arguments on behalf of counsel for Narwal and Kalita and reserved its order on the bail petitions.

Advocate Adit S Pujari, showing for the 2 college students, had argued earlier than the bench that the investigation within the case was “tainted”.

Particular Public Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Mahajan, representing Delhi Police, had opposed the pleas and claimed that Narwal and Kalita have been properly conscious of the acts being carried out throughout the riots and that it might result in penalties that may very well be disastrous.

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  • Police had contended that they have been half of a bigger conspiracy to threaten the unity, integrity and concord of the nation. Narwal and Kalita had filed their appeals difficult a trial court docket’s order dismissing their bail pleas in an Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case associated to the riots.

    Narwal and Kalita, who’re additionally members of the Pinjra Tod (break the cage) group, have been arrested final 12 months in Could in reference to the communal riots in northeast Delhi and are in judicial custody.

    They have been arrested by the Crime Department of the Delhi Police and booked underneath numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code together with rioting, illegal meeting and try and homicide. They’ve additionally been booked underneath the stringent anti-terror regulation – UAPA in a separate case associated to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February final 12 months, for allegedly being a part of a “premeditated conspiracy” within the riots.

    Communal clashes had damaged out in northeast Delhi on February 24, 2020, after violence between the Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA) supporters and protesters spiralled uncontrolled leaving no less than 53 individuals useless and round 200 injured.

    In all, 4 circumstances have been registered in opposition to Kalita, together with in relation to the northeast Delhi riots and violence in previous Delhi’s Daryaganj space throughout protests in opposition to the CAA in December 2019. Narwal is accused in three circumstances. Each of them have been granted bail within the different circumstances aside from the one underneath UAPA.

    The trial court docket had on January 28 dismissed their bail pleas saying the allegations in opposition to them have been prima facie true and provisions of anti-terror regulation have been rightly invoked within the current case.