Umar Khalid’s offensive speeches during protests against CAA, NRC were the basis of allegations against him in the riots case
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court adjourned 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.
Khalid and Sharjeel Imam are among the nearly a dozen people involved in the larger conspiracy case linked with the 2020 riots in the national capital, as per the Delhi Police.
A bench comprising Justices A S Bopanna and M M Sundresh agreed to hear the matter on July 24 after the counsel for Delhi Police sought more time to file a reply citing a voluminous charge sheet, running into thousands of pages.
“The man is in custody for two years and eleven months. What counter (affidavit) is there to file? It’s a bail plea,” told Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Khalid, to the bench.
Khalid has approached the top court against the denial of bail by the Delhi High Court.
A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar of the 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.
The riots broke out 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.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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