Delhi HC on rejection of bail to Sharjeel Imam

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Sharjeel Imam

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice on a bail plea by former JNU student-activist Sharjeel Imam challenging an earlier court order which had rejected the bail plea.

The case relates to his alleged inflammatory speeches in Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh and Jamia area in Delhi during Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in 2019.

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A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and A.K. Mendiratta, while hearing the submissions of Imam’s counsel Tanveer Ahmed Mir, asked what the special judge had said in the earlier order which rejected the bail plea.

During the course of the hearing, the bench noted that sedition requires specific calls for violence, saying there has to be a conscious act propagating and promoting violence. Mir argued that the FIR has taken out three lines from the speech and led to believe that he was inciting violence.

Observing the earlier court order, the bench said, “He has dealt with nothing. All these offences are less than 7 years.”

To the charges of Delhi Police, the bench asked if he was a flight risk, whether he would tamper with evidence and who the witnesses were?

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on March 24.

Imam has approached the High Court against the orders of the lower court which rejected his bail application.

Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat on January 24 had framed the charges under sections 124A (sedition), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and 505 of IPC, which deals with statements related to public order.

According to the police, Imam made the alleged inflammatory speeches in Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi on December 13, 2019, and in Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh on January 16, 2020. He has been in judicial custody since January 28, 2020, and is presently lodged in the Tihar Jail in Delhi.

“He is accused of delivering seditious speeches and inciting a particular section of the community to indulge in unlawful activities, detrimental to sovereignty and integrity of the nation,” the charge sheet said.

“In the garb of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, he exhorted people of a particular community to block the highways leading to the major cities and resort to ‘Chakka Jam’, thereby disrupting normal life,” it read. — IANS

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  1. I think most Indians today will regret keeping Muslims after they got their Pakistan in 1947. A little push in 1947 could have send all Muslims to Pakistan. UP Muslims were instrumental in asking and creating Pakistan But Muslims had large families much larger tham today. They sent some family members to Pakistan to occupy Hindus property and they did not leave their own properties in India. Indian Hindu refugees lived years and years in refugee camps in india. There are 4 non-Muslim Border Sharing Countries in the Region namely India,Myanmar, Sri Lanka and China. Muslims Nuisance or Menace is in all these 4 countries. Except India, nobody gave them a Pakistan. Myanmar and China have able to control Muslims Crap. India should follow them. There should be common strategy to deal with Muslims. Modi, Yogi are weak. India needs a strong Hindu Leader.

    • Bhayya hindustani we muslims are also hindustani. Creation of Pakistan was the biggest tragedy of the times and a big blunder. हम जो भी मुस्लिम इस वकत भारत में हैं हम बंटवारे के समय ही अपनी मर्ज़ी से भारत में रहना पसंद किया था। इसके लिये referendum हुआ था और हम लोगों ने भारत में ही रहना पसंद किया था और पाकिस्तान नहीं गये। क्यूंकि हमें अपने देश से प्यार है। और फिर बटवारा भी उसी हिसाब से हुआ था।

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