Delhi Police moves SC against bail of 3 student activists in riots cases

Supreme Court of India.


Delhi Police on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging three separate judgements of the Delhi High Court granting bail to three students activists in last year’s north-east Delhi riots cases.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had granted bail to two JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita and a Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha saying in its anxiety to suppress dissent, the State has blurred the line between right to protest and terrorist activity and if such a mindset gains traction, it would be a “sad day for democracy”.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani had set aside the trial court’s orders denying bail to the three accused and allowed their appeals by admitting them to regular bail.

The high court had directed Pinjra Tod group activists Narwal and Kalita and Tanha to surrender their passports and not to offer any inducement to prosecution witnesses or tamper with the evidence in the case.

It directed them to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each along with two sureties of the like amount.

The three accused shall not indulge in any unlawful activities and shall reside at the address as mentioned in prison records, the high court had said.

Communal clashes had broken out in north east Delhi on February 24 last year after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Tanha had challenged a trial court’s October 26, 2020 order dismissing his bail application on grounds that he allegedly played an active role in the entire conspiracy with reasonable grounds for believing the allegations to be prima facie true.

Narwal and Kalita had challenged the trial court’s January 28 order dismissed their bail pleas, saying the allegations against them were prima facie true and provisions of anti-terror law have been rightly invoked in the present case.

They had had filed their appeals challenging a trial court’s order dismissing their bail pleas in a Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case related to the riots.

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