Delhi High Court rejects Umar Khalid’s bail plea in 2020 Delhi riots case

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

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On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court rejected Umar Khalid’s application for bail in the 2020 Delhi Riots case. Justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar sat on a two-judge panel that declared Khalid’s request for bail to be without merit.

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

For allegedly being the “masterminds” of the demonstrations and rioting in northeast Delhi and the Jamia neighbourhood 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.

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53 people were killed and nearly 700 were injured when violence broke out in these locations amid protests 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.