NEW DELHI: Today, Delhi High Court continued hearing the appeal filed by student activist Umar Khalid challenging the Trial Court’s order refusing him bail in a case involving UAPA charges alleging a larger conspiracy in the riots of 2020.
The Bench held by Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar and Senior Advocate Trideep Pais appearing for Umar Khalid told the bench that the charge sheet filed in the matter is ‘flowery’ and ‘baseless’ and that Khalid was being implicated merely on the basis of one statement given by a protected witness namely Bond, which according to Pais was fabricated and recorded a month prior to Khalid’s arrest.
The next date of hearing is on 25.05.2022.
During Yesterday’s hearing, The main counsel for the petitioner Advocate Mujeeb Ur Rehman, told the Court today that Khan has been in jail for the last two years, and the only evidence against him is CCTV footage which was not conclusive. Later, he added that some other accused had already been granted bail in the matter despite the fact that his client’s alleged role is very minor compared to that of others.
Informing the court, he was arrested by the Delhi Police on March 13, 2020, and was named in three First Information Reports (FIRs). He has been charged with criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
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