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Republic Day riots: Court grants bail to accused held, ‘mere presence cannot justify further jail’

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A Delhi Court granted bail to an accused in the case of violence on Republic Day, stating, mere presence and climbing on a Red Fort wall cannot justify his further imprisonment. The court also concluded that no active role as an instigator or attacker on police personnel can be assigned to the accused, Akashpreet Singh.

Singh’s counsel claimed he was falsely implicated and that he himself was a victim of the crime since he suffered firearm and other injuries while distributing water to people at the spot. Additional Sessions Judge Charu Aggarwal granted bail to the accused after furnishing a bail bond of Rs. 25,000 with one surety.

The court said, “No active role as an instigator or attacker on the police personnel has been assigned to the applicant (Singh) in the alleged crime. At this stage of the matter, mere presence and climbing on the wall by the accused cannot justify his further incarceration as he is already in judicial custody since February 3, 2021. Investigation qua him is already completed”.