New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on the bail plea of student activist Umar Khalid. Umar Khalid was arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in connection with the alleged larger conspiracy behind the 2020 Delhi riots. In the Supreme Court, from the bench of Justices AS Bopanna and Bela M Trivedi, the counsel for the petitioner sought adjournment for a period of one week on the hearing. In view of this, the hearing was adjourned.
According to information available on the official website of the apex court, the matter is likely to be listed on August 9. In response to Umar Khalid’s petition, Delhi Police filed a counter affidavit on Sunday, which is yet to be officially received on record.
‘Umar Khalid is in custody for 2 years and 11 months’
Earlier, on July 12, the Supreme Court had posted the matter for July 24. The Delhi Police’s counsel had then sought more time to file the reply citing the charge sheet running into thousands of pages. On the other hand, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Umar Khalid, argued that the man has been in custody for two years and eleven months. Which affidavit to file? This is a bail application.
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Umar Khalid has approached the apex court against the denial of bail by the Delhi High Court. On October 18 last year, a bench of High Court Justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajneesh Bhatnagar dismissed Umar Khalid’s appeal seeking regular bail.
Court refused to grant bail in UAPA case
Umar Khalid had challenged the order of the trial court which had denied him bail in the UAPA case. The alleged controversial speech he delivered in Amravati during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was the basis of the charges against Umar Khalid in the Delhi riots case.
According to the Delhi Police, JNU scholar and activist Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam are among about a dozen people involved in the alleged larger conspiracy case related to the riots. Let us inform that in February 2020, riots broke out in the national capital Delhi. Clashes between anti-Citizenship Amendment Act and pro-CAA protesters had turned violent, in which more than 50 people lost their lives and over 700 were injured.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 24, 2023, 19:46 IST