Delhi HC Denies Bail To 2020 Delhi Riots Case Accused Umar Khalid

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected a bail plea put forth by the 2020 Delhi Riots case accused Umar Khalid. Justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar sat on a two-judge bench that declared Khalid’s request for bail to be devoid of merit.

Notably, Khalid, a member of the Jawahar Lal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), was arrested on September 13, 2020, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

For allegedly being the “masterminds” of the demonstrations and rioting in northeast Delhi and the Jamia area of Delhi in December 2019 and February 2020, Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, and a number of other individuals were charged under the anti-terror law and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

53 people were killed and nearly 700 others were left injured when violence broke out in the above-mentioned locations amid demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Khalid had been accused by the Delhi Police of upsetting religious emotions, and they said that he was a part of a broader plot in the riots that rocked the nation’s capital.

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