Delhi High Court grants bail to Devangana,Natasha,and Asif Tanha in Delhi Riots case

Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday granted bail to student activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha in the main northeast Delhi riots conspiracy case filed under the stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Granting bail, the bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and A J Bhambhani stated, “We’re constrained to specific, that it appears, that in its nervousness to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between the constitutionally assured proper to protest and terrorist exercise appears to be getting considerably blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it might be a tragic day for democracy.”

The bench directed {that a} copy of the order be supplied to the counsels of the accused persons expeditiously. The court has granted bail to the three accused subject to furnishing Rs 50,000 personal bonds with two local sureties each.
Devangana is facing trial in 4 cases and Natasha in three. They’ve now been granted bail in all cases. Their lawyer, Adit Pujari stated they are going to be released from jail.

The High Court has directed the accused persons to provide their cell phone numbers to the local SHO, reside in their places of residence as mentioned of their prison data, or inform the SHO in case of change of residence.

Moreover, the accused persons have been directed to not make contact with any of the prosecution witnesses in the case, or tamper with the proof. The accused persons have been ordered to not bask in any illegal actions whereas out on bail.

Jamia Millia Islamia University student Tanha had challenged a trial court’s October 26, 2020 order dismissing his bail application on the ground that he allegedly played an active role in all the conspiracy with reasonable grounds for believing the allegations to be prima facie true.

He was just lately granted a two-week interim custody bail to attend his backlog examinations at the university.

In the High Court, the Delhi Police opposed his regular bail stating that the riots were premeditated and a conspiracy was hatched of which Tanha was a part.

His lawyers had contended he was not present in Delhi during the riots and did not visit any of the protest sites where rioting and violence occurred, and there was no physical proof connecting Tanha to the riots and no allegations with respect to any funds being received by him for terrorist actions.

Devangana and Natasha’s regular bail was dismissed by a trial court in January stating there were reasonable grounds to believe the accusation against them had been prima facie true.

In the High Court, their lawyers stated the investigation in the case was “tainted”.

Delhi Police had opposed the pleas and claimed Narwal and Kalita had been well aware of the acts being carried out through the riots and it would lead to consequences which could possibly be disastrous.

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