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Umar Khalid’s plea for bail was then rejected, having been in prison since 2020

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Earlier on October 18, 2022, a bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justice Siddharth Mardal and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar had rejected Omar’s bail plea. Umar has been in jail since September 2020 in a case related to the Delhi riots. So far, neither the hearing nor the charges have been framed in this case.

Umar Khalid, photo courtesy: Facebook

New Delhi: A lower court in Delhi on Tuesday (May 28) rejected the bail plea of ​​student leader Umar Khalid.

According to a Bar and Bench report, Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Bajpai of the Kakkardoma Court reserved the judgment on May 13 after hearing the parties.

Former JNU (Jawahiral Nehru University) student Umar Khalid has been in jail since September 2020 in a case related to the Delhi riots. Khalid has been charged under UAPA (Anti-Terrorism Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act).

According to a BBC report, the case against Khalid has not yet started and no charges have been laid.

The bail petition was withdrawn from the Supreme Court

On February 14 this year, Khalid withdrew his bail plea from the Supreme Court, citing a change in circumstances. The hearing was adjourned 14 times at his request.

Speaking to The Wire, Khalid’s father told the lengthy hearing the reason for withdrawing the bail application.

The bail plea has also been rejected by the High Court

Earlier, a sessions court in Delhi had denied bail to Khalid in March 2022 after an eight-month hearing. Khalid appealed against this decision in the Delhi High Court. In October 2022, the Delhi High Court also rejected Khalid’s bail plea.

In December 2022, Khalid was acquitted by the Kakkardoma court in the Delhi riots case of ‘stone pelting’, but was remanded in custody in connection with the “major conspiracy” surrounding the riots.

The arrest of Umar Khalid has been criticized

Umar Khalid’s long imprisonment has been criticized by international organizations, rights organizations and thinkers around the world. Along with Khalid, student leader Sharjeel Imam and several others have been booked under provisions of the UAPA and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with the Delhi riots. All of them have been charged with alleged ‘conspiracy’ in the February 2020 riots.

The riots took place during protests for and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Among them, 53 people were killed while more than 700 people were injured.

Apart from Khalid, activist Khalid Saifee, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Divangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee member Safora Zargar, former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councilor Tahir Hussain and several others have been booked under strict riot laws A case has been registered.

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