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Delhi Riots: Order on Umar Khalid's Bail Plea Deferred Again, To Now Be Pronounced On March 23

Lawstreet Journal 22 Mar 2022 7:49am

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A Delhi court on Monday deferred ruling on a bail petition filed by student activist Umar Khalid in connection with a case claiming a bigger conspiracy in the Delhi riots of 2020, comprising charges under the Indian Penal Code, 1860  and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967.

The order will now be issued by Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat on March 23, 2022.

The order on Khalid's bail application was supposed to be issued on March 14, but it was postponed due to the filing of written submissions for Khalid over the weekend.

After hearing Senior Advocate Trideep Pais, who represented Umar Khalid, and Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, who represented the prosecution, the order was reserved earlier this month.

So far, Umar Khalid has made the following arguments:

Senior Advocate Trideep Pais contended that the whole chargesheet issued by Delhi Police in FIR 59/2020 is a fiction, and that the case against him is based on video excerpts shown on Republic TV and News 18 that depict a truncated version of his speech.

Pais contended that television networks Republic TV and News 18 broadcast a truncated version of a speech delivered by Khalid in Amravati, Maharashtra on February 17 last year, refuting the prosecution's accusations.

The lawyer had stated, "Delhi police has nothing but Republic TV and CNN-News18 for the case."

Pais claimed that News18 deleted a key statement made by Khalid about the importance of unity and harmony from the video it aired.

Pais also claimed… Continue Reading...

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