Delhi HC Denies Umar Khalid’s Bail Plea in Delhi Riots Larger Conspiracy Case

Umar Khalid Law Insider

Bhuvana Marni

Published on: October 19, 2022 at 23:28 IST

A wider conspiracy including the riots in Northeast Delhi in February 2020, in which Umar Khalid is allegedly involved. He was detained by the strict anti-terror statute UAPA. The arrest took place on September 13, 2020.

Since then, he has been in police detention.

Umar Khalid, an activist and former student leader at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.

Khalid is now being held in jail in connection with a bigger conspiracy case involving the Northeast Delhi riots.

On the activist’s request for bail, the special division bench of Justices Sidharth Mridul and Rajanish Bhatnagar issued the ruling.

On September 9, the order was reserved.

We do not find any merits in the bail appeal, the bail appeal is dismissed,” the bench said.

Having carefully gone through the charge sheet and taking into consideration the fact that the appellant was in constant touch with other co-accused persons, including Sharjeel Imam, who arguably is at the head of the conspiracy; at this stage, it is difficult to form an opinion that there are no reasonable grounds for believing that the accusation against the petitioner is prima facie not proved,” the bench said in its order.

The former JNU student leader had challenged the trial court order of March 24, 2020, denying him bail in the case.

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