Delhi Court denies bail to former JNU students’ leader Umar Khalid in 2020 Delhi riots case

The Karkardooma Court has rejected the bail application of former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, jailed in the 2020 Delhi riots case. Delhi Police had arrested Umar Khalid under UAPA, calling him the main conspirator.

The police had alleged in its chargesheet that Umar Khalid was part of several WhatsApp groups through which the violence was plotted. Umar had instigated people for violence. It was also alleged in the chargesheet that when US President Donald Trump came to Delhi, Umar had asked people to come on the road so that India’s image could be tarnished at the international level.

According to the police’s allegation, Umar Khalid also had a meeting with AAP councilor Tahir Hussain and Khalid Saifi associated with India Against Hate to plot the violence. However, during the arguments in the court, all these allegations on behalf of Umar Khalid were said to be fake and fabricated. Umar’s lawyer had told the court that raising one’s voice on any issue is not a crime. Umar Khalid was in the WhatsApp group but he was not active in those groups. Does his silence prove him an accused?

Umar Khalid is behind bars in jail for more than a year. Earlier too, he had been jailed when he and Kanhaiya Kumar were accused of their alleged involvement in the anti-national slogans case in JNU.

Let us inform you that in February 2020, 53 people were killed in the horrific riots in North East Delhi while more than 700 people were injured. Apart from Khalid, activists Khalid Saifi, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee member Safra Zargar, former Aam Aadmi Party corporation councilor Tahir Hussain and many others were also booked under UAPA.

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