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Delhi HC Issues Notice on Sharjeel Imam’s Plea Challenging Anti-CAA Speeches Charges

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Anurupa Pal

Published On: March 11, 2022 at 20:09 IST

The Delhi High Court Issued Notice on Plea moved by Sharjeel Imam Challenging a Trial Court Order Framing Charges against him.

In a Case relating to the Alleged Inflammatory Speeches made by him in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia area in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anoop Kumar Mendiratta sought response of the Prosecution while posting the matter for further Hearing on May 26.

Advocate Tanveer Ahmed Mir appeared for Imam whereas Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad appeared for the Prosecution.

Earlier this week, the Bench had issued Notice on the Plea filed by Imam seeking Bail in the same First Information Record.

The Plea filed through Advocates Ahmad Ibrahim, Talib Mustafa and Kartik Venu states that,

The Special Court had completely failed to read the Speeches and Pamphlets in question in the right perspective and had wrongly concluded that the speeches were communal in nature, spread ‘disaffection’ towards the Government established by Law, ‘Promote Enmity’ between groups and challenge the Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty of India.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat Vide Order dated January 24, 2022 had framed Charges under Sections 124A (Sedition), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on Grounds of Religion, etc.), 153B (Imputations, assertions Prejudicial to National-Integration), 505 (Statements conducing to Public Mischief) of the Indian Penal Code along with Section 13 (Punishment for Unlawful Activities) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Imam was booked vide First Information Report 22/2020 registered by the Delhi Police.

The Alleged offence under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was added later.

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