Delhi Riots: Delhi HC grants Interim Custody-Bail to Asif Iqbal Tanha for Exam

Lekha G

The Delhi High Court granted interim custody bail to Delhi riots accused Asif Iqbal Tanha enabling him to sit for his three backlog examinations to complete his BA (Hons.) Programme.

Tanha will be released on 13th June and his interim custody bail would end on 26th June.

The Division Bench comprising Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Anup J. Bhambhani granted the interim bail subject to the conditions that during the said bail period he would stay at a facility in Kalkaji under the custody of two prison guards at his own cost and expense.

Further, Tanha would use a laptop, computer or basic mobile phone only for the purpose of study and examination and the same must be handed over to the Special Cell for forensic audit upon expiration of the said period.

The Court also further directed him to deposit, in advance, a sum of INR 50,000 with the concerned Jail Superintendent on or before 10th June and during the said period no visitors, guests, friends, including family members would be allowed to be invited by him.

However, Tanha is allowed to make a phone call to his family members or his council for 10 minutes per day individually.

Asif Iqbal Tanha, a final year student of the BA (Hons) Programme at Jamia Millia Islamia was arrested in the Delhi riots under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in May 2020. Tanha’s regular bail plea is presently reserved by the Court.

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