Delhi court dismisses Sharjeel Imam's declaration of bail

NEW DELHI: Delhi on Monday rejected the bail request submitted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student in a matter related to giving an incendiary speech, claiming it is without merit.

In his bail request, Sharjeel had claimed that the police did not complete the investigation within the legal 90-day period after his arrest.

The applicant was arrested on 01.28.2020 and the legal 90-day period would have ended on 04.27.2020. Until 04.27.2020, the investigation was not concluded and the accused has an incalculable right to be released on bail. Bail request declared.

Imam is currently housed in a prison in Guwahati.

However, the additional session judge noted that the extension of the period of time to conclude the investigation had already been granted before the expiration of the legal period, on April 25.

Given that the time period to conclude the investigation has already been extended in accordance with Section 43D (2) of the UAPA, I consider that the request for his release on legal bail is without merit and, therefore, the same is dismissed. . the judge added.

During the course of the process, lawyer Bhavuk Chauhan, who appeared on behalf of Imam, stated that the 90-day extension of the investigation period on April 25 was not in line with the legal provisions and that his client deserved to be released. on bail.

Additional Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed vehemently opposed the bail declaration and questioned its maintainability.

Imam came into the eyes of the storm for allegedly giving an inflammatory speech in Delhi on the (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on December 13, and later on January 16 at Aligarh Muslim University, where he allegedly threatened to cut Assam and the rest of the northeast of the country.

Delhi police had recently invoked the strict Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act against him in relation to the violence in Jamia Millia Islamia in December 2019. Following this, the court allowed a 90-day extension of investigation.