A Delhi Court on Thursday granted bail to former JNU student Umar Khalid in the case relating to the violence that broke out in the Khajuri Khas area of North East district of national capital and said “chargesheeting him in this case on the basis of such an insignificant material is unwarranted.”
Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav granting bail to Khalid rejected the prosecution’s claim that in a case of criminal conspiracy, the disclosure statement of co-accused can be read against another co-accused, merely on the ground that pursuant thereto the CDRs of co-accused were unearthed which led to the recovery of fact of meeting.
“The sole evidence of this so called conspiracy is a statement of Prosecution Witness Rahul Kasana on 27.09.2020, wherein he stated that he was standing outside a building in the area of Shaheen Bagh, where he had dropped principal accused Tahir Hussain and thereafter he saw applicant and Khalid Saifi going into the same building. I fail to understand from the aforesaid statement how a lofty claim of conspiracy can be inferred,” said ASJ Yadav.
The Court granted bail to Khalid subject to furnishing a Personal Bond of Rs.20,000/ with one surety in the like amount and subject to the condition that he shall not tamper with the evidence or influence any witness in any manner, maintain peace and appear before the Court on every date of hearing.
Khalid however remains in judicial custody in connection with the Delhi riots larger conspiracy case concerning UAPA charges under FIR 59/2020.