NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing on the bail plea filed by student activist Umar Khalid who was arrested and charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the alleged larger conspiracy case behind the 2020 Delhi riots.
A bench comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela M. Trivedi directed the matter to be listed after a period of two weeks.
Last week, Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra of the Supreme Court recused himself from hearing the matter and the plea was directed to be listed before a different bench.
“This will come before some other bench. There is some difficulty on part of my brother (Justice P.K.Mishra),” told a bench headed by Justice A.S. Bopanna to the parties.
Khalid has approached the top court against denial of bail by the Delhi High court.
A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar of high court had rejected Khalid’s appeal seeking regular bail on October 18 last year. He had challenged the trial court order which had denied him bail in connection with the UAPA case.
His alleged offensive speeches delivered at Amaravati during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens were the basis of allegations against him in the riots case.
JNU scholars and activists Khalid, and Sharjeel Imam are among the nearly a dozen people involved in the alleged larger conspiracy case linked with the Delhi riots 2020, as per the Delhi Police.
The riots broke out in the national capital in February 2020 as clashes between the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and pro-CAA protesters took a violent turn, in which more than 50 people lost their lives and over 700 were injured. — IANS