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Sharjeel Imam bail application: Delhi Court reserves order for June 10

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A Delhi Court on Monday reserved its order till June 10, on the bail application of scholar and activist Sharjeel Imam, who was arrested under Section 124A of the India Penal Code (IPC), for giving speeches against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

After hearing arguments on behalf of both the Prosecution and the Defence Counsel, the Karkardooma court of Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat reserved order till June 10, while directing the Prosecution to file written submissions on or before the next date of hearing over the matter.

The Delhi High Court had earlier directed the scholar to approach the lower court for bail, as the prosecution had raised objection over the maintainability of Sharjeel’s plea.

The Delhi High Court was apprised by the Prosecution that in terms of the Supreme Court order of 2014, any such bail application would first go to the trial court and only if the relief is not granted there, then the accused can move the High Court, as the case is triable only by a Special Court.

Sharjeel then moved the trial court.

According to the Counsel representing Sharjeel, in view of the recent direction by the Supreme Court, directing to keep all pending appeals and proceedings with respect to the charges framed under Section 124A (Sedition) of the Indian Penal Code in abeyance, Sharjeel Imam should be granted bail.

Sharjeel’s bail application was rejected by the trial court because it said that a prima facie offence under Section 124A was made out against him, which did not hold ground now, taking in view the Apex Court order.

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