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Northeast Delhi violence: HC dismisses bail plea of Umar Khalid in larger conspiracy case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of Umar Khalid accused in a larger conspiracy case related to the Northeast Delhi riots of February 2020.
The special bench comprising justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajanish Bhatnagar said, "We don't find any merit in the appeal, the appeal is dismissed." Umar Khalid had challenged the trial court order of March 24, 2022, denying him bail in the matter. The order was reserved on September 9.
Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid is an accused in a larger Conspiracy related to the Northeast Delhi riots of February 2020.
He has been booked under the stringent anti-terror law UAPA. He was arrested on September 13, 2020. He has been in custody since then.
Senior advocate Tridip Pais had submitted that there was no meeting of minds and agreement between two or more persons to do a criminal act, which is an essential element of criminal conspiracy. Independent acts of different individuals do not amount to conspiracy.
Senior advocate Pais also submitted that "Speech of one co-accused and mine had reference to Triple Talaq, the Kashmir issue and others. But at the heart of it was the opposition to CAA. This is the component. Is the opposition to the law on Triple Talaq, CAA or the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir illegal in itself? There are several, even former judges, who expressed their views against these laws."
In relation to Amaravati's speech, he submitted that there was not a single incident of violence after it. There is no whisper that our speech or act led to any violence. He also added, "Advocating a chakka jaam to raise an issue does not make my act criminal."
The senior advocate had submitted that his client has been in custody for the last 2 years on the basis of baseless statements. Even after filing 4 charge sheets, the investigation is still going on.
On the other hand, Delhi police had submitted Umar Khalid had left Delhi on February 23 before the violence started the next day so that no one could doubt him.
Earlier Amit Prasad had argued that Umar Khalid in his speech at Amravati had asked the people to be on road for chakka jaam (block roads) on February 24, 2020. He had said that it was to show Trump that CAA was a dangerous Act for Muslims.
Senior Advocate Tridip Pais argued that there is no material, no basis of allegations in the charge sheet. It is based on hearsay.
During the argument on May 23, 2022, he had argued that Sharjeel Imam had criticized a secular movement against CAA and Khalid did not agree with it.
Pais had said, " I am (Umar Khalid) being lumped with a person who calls for a deeply communal protest against CAA. There is no ideological meeting of minds." (ANI)

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