The Delhi Police has moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging the order of the Delhi High Court allowing bail to activists Natasha Narwal, Devanagana Kalita, and Asif Iqbal Tanha arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with a case related to the larger conspiracy in the Northeast Delhi riots in February last year.
The appeal has been filed challenging the order of the Delhi High Court allowing bail to the Delhi riots accused in appeal filed under section 21(4) of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 r/w section 43(D)(5) of the UAPA.
They are accused of being the masterminds behind the conspiracy that led to the violence in the north-east suburbs of Delhi in February 2020. The allegation was that this conspiracy was hatched to disturb the law and order in the capital.
Among the many points raised by the High Court bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambani in the order, a salient one was: “We are constrained to express, that it seems, that in its anxiety to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity seems to be getting somewhat blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy.”