Delhi court dismisses Sharjeel Imam's legal bail statement

NEW DELHI: On Monday, Delhi rejected JNU students' declaration of bail in a case involving incendiary speeches and instigators during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC ).

Imam was arrested on January 28, Bihar for allegedly making a seditious speech and causing riots in the area in December last year.

Legal bonds are generally defined as Automatic Bond Authorization in cases where a certain period has elapsed with the defendant in custody.

The court recently extended the investigation period against Imam, which was reserved for illegal activities under the strict Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act, from 90 days to 180 days.

Sharjeel Imam approached the court declaring that the 90-day legal period would have ended on April 27 and that the investigation was not concluded by the investigating agency and that the applicant has the incalculable right of bail.

Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana, while dismissing the bond, noted that he is not legally competent to review his own order of April 25, where he further extended the time by 90 days as requested by the investigative agency alleging that he will invoke UAPA and you need to investigate the matter. Originally, the 90-day time to file the charge sheet ended April 27.

According to him, Sharjeel Imam continuously gave incendiary and instigative speeches during protests on the subject of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). His speeches were communal in nature, which caused serious communal conflicts and promoted enmity between various religious groups in the guise of protesting against CAA and NRC.

Delhi Police recently imposed the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against him.

According to the police, riots broke out as a result of the protest march organized by Jamia students against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the New Colony of Friends and the Jamia area in December last year. The mafia indulged in large-scale riots, stone throwing and arson, and in the process destroyed many public and private properties, police said.

The Supreme Court also requested the Delhi government's response in a petition by Sharjeel Imam seeking the clubbing of multiple FIR level-up sedition charges against him for allegedly making incendiary speeches.