Sharjeel Imam in jail over 2 years on sedition charge, Delhi HC seeks police's response on bail pleatext_fields
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sent notice to the Delhi police to know its take on an appeal filed by activist Sharjeel Imam, who has challenged a lower court order against his bail plea in a sedition charge.
He was charged with sedition by Delhi Police over the speeches he had delivered at the Aligarh Muslim University and the Jamia Milia Islamia during the anti-CAA protests in 2019-20.
Sharjeel made the fresh appeal in the wake of the Supreme Court order that has put cases with sedition charge in abeyance.
Issuing notice to the Delhi Police, a Division Bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and Anish Dayal, posted the further hearing on August 25.
The bench also sought a status report from the police within two weeks.
On July 23, Additional sessions judge Amitabh Rawat of Karkardooma court dismissed the interim bail plea of Imam, who is in judicial custody under sedition charges, among others.
The former JNU student was approaching the lower court after withdrawing the interim bail application from the Delhi High Court as the prosecution had raised the issue of maintainability.
Imam had approached the high court first for relief following the historic Supreme Court verdict that put on hold the colonial-era penal provision of sedition (Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code).
In his bail application, Imam said that since the top court has put sedition in abeyance, his case for grant of bail has improved
"The appellant has been incarcerated for nearly 28 months since January 28, 2020, whereas the maximum punishment for the offences -- not including 124-A IPC -- are punishable for up to a maximum of seven years imprisonment," the plea read.
JNU scholars and activists Imam and Umar Khalid are among the nearly dozen people allegedly involved in the larger conspiracy linked to the Delhi riots of 2020, as per the Delhi Police.
Imam and Khalid are facing charges in connection with making inflammatory speeches which are alleged to have fuelled the violence, as per the police.
The riots broke out in the national capital in February 2020 as clashes between the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and pro-CAA protesters took a violent turn.
The mayhem saw more than 50 people lose their lives, besides leaving over 700 persons injured.