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Delhi court to decide Sharjeel Imam Plea for Interim Bail in Sedition case

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Shashwati Chowdhury

Published on: June 10, 2022 at 19:27 IST

In the Sedition case, Delhi court will decide on Sharjeel Imam’s interim bail today. The order was reserved on June 6 after he sought for interim bail in the Trial Court in view of the Supreme Court’s recent directions on Sedition law.

Additional Sessions Judge, Amitabh Rawat, will pronounce the order.

On the interim bail application, the court issued a notice to Delhi Police on May 30.

On May 27, Imam moved to a Lower Court after his lawyer withdrew his application from the Delhi High Court as the Prosecution raised the issue of maintainability. The HC instructed Imam to seek bail from the Lower Court.

According to the news agency ANI, Talib Hussain, Ahmed Ibrahim, and Kartik Venu filed the Bail application, which states that Imam should be given bail based on the Supreme Court’s recent direction.

Advocate Talib Hussain urged that the Trial should be stayed and Sharjeel Imam released on interim bail in light of the Supreme Court’s direction on sedition law.

The Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) stated that, while the Supreme Court has put a stay on cases involving the sedition statute, the sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) have been invoked in Sharjeel Imam’s case, which cannot be ignored. The SPP contended that Sharjeel Imam should not be allowed bail in these circumstances.

The Supreme Court directed that all outstanding appeals and proceedings relating to the charge of sedition under section 124A of the IPC be in abeyance..

The decisions came during a hearing on the validity of the Indian Penal Code’s Sedition law.

The Delhi Police arrested Sharjeel Imam for allegedly making inflammatory comments in several areas of the country during the Anti-CAA/NRC protests in 2019-2020.