Delhi Court orders the release of Asif Tanha, Devangana and Natasha in Delhi Riots case

Additional Sessions Judge at Karkardooma Courts Ravinder Bedi today stated that the Court has passed an order and sent the release warrants by email.

Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday ordered the release of Delhi Riots accused Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha from prison.

Additional Sessions Judge at Karkardooma Courts Ravinder Bedi today stated that the Court has passed an order and sent the release warrants by email to prison authorities.

The Delhi High Court had granted the accused bail on June 15. While doing so, it had observed that the State, in its anxiety to suppress dissent, blurred the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity.

“We are constrained to say, that it appears, that in its anxiety to suppress dissent and in the morbid fear that matters may get out of hand, the State has blurred the line between the constitutionally guaranteed ‘right to protest’ and ‘terrorist activity’. If such blurring gains traction, democracy would be in peril,” the order said.
The accused had then approached the lower court the same day seeking release from jail by showing compliance with bail conditions.

The judge had deferred passing an order on Tuesday for immediate release for want for verification of their addresses and sureties.

It had sought a verification report from Delhi Police while posting the case for Wednesday.

When the matter came up on Wednesday, the Investigating Officer (IO) sought more time to conduct verification of addresses of the accused and their sureties.

Advocates Adit Pujari, Tusharika Mattoo and Sowjhanya Shankaran, appearing for the accused, however, said that verification reports were not filed despite the time granted to IO.

The Court after hearing the parties had reserved its order.

(inputs Via Barandbench.com)

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