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Court orders Umar Khalid to avoid media persons while on interim bail 

Umar Khalid, an activist and former JNU student and 2020 Delhi riot suspect, has been given temporary bail to attend his sister's wedding, but a judge has ordered him not to speak to the media or give interviews.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Umar Khalid, an activist and former JNU student and 2020 Delhi riot suspect, has been given temporary bail to attend his sister’s wedding, but a judge has ordered him not to speak to the media or give interviews.

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On Monday, the court issued an order releasing Umar Khalid on bail for a week so that he could attend his sister’s wedding-related events.

Umar Khalid filed a request for an interim release for the two weeks from December 20 to January 3.

This court is inclined to issue interim bail so that the accused can attend his younger sister’s wedding. The marriage and its related functions will take place from December 26 to 28, the judge said. The court has granted bail for seven days, from December 23 to December 30.

The court ordered that Umar Khalid, the applicant or accused, be released on temporary bail “upon presentation of a personal bond in the sum of Rs 25,000 with two sureties of the same amount.” But the judge was clear that Umar Khalid’s bail would not be increased.

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The court ordered Umar Khalid to communicate with the IO via video calls every day and to refrain from speaking with or giving interviews to media persons, including social media, and the general public.

The court stated, “He will be able to contact his family, friends, and relatives at the marriage ceremony, but for his whole interim bail period, he shall remain at home… except to attend wedding events on December 26, 27, and 28 at the appointed place.” It said police may guard the house from outside, but they don’t have the right to go inside the premises.

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