2020 Delhi riots: Court refuses to grant interim bail to Sharjeel Imam


New Delhi, 23 July

A Delhi court on Saturday refused interim bail to former JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to an alleged conspiracy behind the 2020 northeast Delhi riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, while rejecting the bail plea, said that there was no sufficient ground to grant relief.

During the hearing, Imam’s lawyer Ahmed Ibrahim told the court that the accused had fulfilled the bail conditions and was not at risk of escaping, nor was there any risk of influencing witnesses or tampering with evidence.

Further, the Imam did not make the call intentionally to incite violent activities, the lawyer said.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad opposed the bail plea and said the court may consider the gravity of the offense before granting bail.

Imam is accused of making inflammatory speeches against the government on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), especially at Jamia Millia Islamia University in December 2019, which allegedly led to violence in the area outside the university. Was.

Imam, also facing sedition charges for his alleged inflammatory speeches, has been in judicial custody since January 2020.

The Delhi Police had filed a chargesheet against Imam in the case, alleging that he made speeches inciting hatred, contempt and discontent towards the central government and incited people which led to the violence in December 2019.