Breaking: Delhi court denies bail to former JNU student activist Umar Khalid in riots conspiracy case

New Delhi: In the Northeast Delhi riot case, the Karkardooma Court in Delhi today denied bail to former JNU student activist Umar Khalid. When the order was given, no rationale was given.

Umar Khalid has been detained since September 2020 and is being housed in Tihar jail in Delhi. He’s been charged with violating the Anti-Terrorism Act’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat had reserved the order on March 3 after hearing arguments from both the defence and prosecution attorneys.

During the proceedings, the accused stated that the prosecution lacked the evidence necessary to prove its case against him.

Khalid, along with several others, was charged with being the “masterminds” of the riots in February 2020, which claimed the lives of 53 people and injured over 700 more.

During protests against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens, violence ensued.

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Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Gulfisha Fatima, and others were named in a conspiracy case filed by Delhi police.

In addition to Khalid, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, members of the Jamia Coordination Committee Safoora Zargar, former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, and others have been charged in the case.

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first published:March 24, 2022, 12:44 p.m.

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