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Delhi Riots Case: Delhi HC rejects bail plea of former JNU student Umar Khalid

New Delhi: On Tuesday, Delhi High Court has refused bail to former JNU student Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case. Khalid has been in jail for over two years under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on charges of plotting the February 2020 riots in North East Delhi.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, Delhi High Court has refused bail to former JNU student Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case. Khalid has been in jail for over two years under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on charges of plotting the February 2020 riots in North East Delhi. Umar Khalid challenged the lower court’s decision in the Delhi High Court. On September 9, Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar had reserved their verdict on Khalid’s petition. After this, on Tuesday (October 18), the High Court rejected the bail application.

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Justice Siddharth Mridul, while delivering the verdict, said that we do not see any merit in the bail appeal, so the petition is dismissed. Khalid had argued that he had no criminal role in the violence in North East Delhi nor was he connected with other accused in the alleged conspiracy to riot. Khalid said that the prosecution has no evidence to prove its case. His February 2020 speech in Amravati clearly calls for non-violence and he has not led violence anywhere.

The Delhi Police had opposed Khalid’s bail plea, saying his speech was “very measured” and he spoke about Babri Masjid, triple talaq, Kashmir, alleged persecution of Muslims, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issues like NRC) were mentioned.

Delhi Police had argued that the riots took place in two phases, first in 2019 and then in February 2020. The police claim that false information was spread during the riots, roads were blocked, police and paramilitary forces were attacked and violence took place in non-Muslim areas. 53 people died in these riots and more than 700 people were injured.

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