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Delhi HC allows early bail hearing of Delhi riots accused Asif Iqbal Tanha

Asif Iqbal Tanha is facing criminal proceedings under the UAPA for his alleged involvement in the northeast Delhi violence, which took place in February 2020 leading to the deaths of at least 53 people.

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The Delhi High Court on Friday allowed an application filed by Asif Iqbal Tanha, a Jamia Millia Islamia student and a Delhi riots accused, seeking an early hearing on his petition seeking bail in a case against him.

A division bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup J. Bhambani allowed the application filed by Tanha and advanced the matter for hearing on February 25. The matter had been fixed for hearing on March 12.

Earlier this week, Tanha had challenged an order of the trial court dated October 26, 2020 dismissing his bail application on the ground that he had allegedly played an active role in the entire conspiracy. The trial court had also noted that there were reasonable grounds for believing that allegations against him were prima facie true.

The trial court, in its order, had said that since there were reasonable grounds for believing that the accusation against Tanha were prima facie true, hence, the embargo created by Section 43D of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) applied for grant of bail to the accused and the bail application was dismissed.

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Tanha is facing criminal proceedings under the UAPA for his alleged involvement in the northeast Delhi violence, which took place in February 2020 leading to the death of at least 53 people. As of now, over 250 charge-sheets have been filed in cases naming 1,153 people as the accused.

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