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Delhi High Court grants bail to 4 North-east Delhi riots accused

A single-judge bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait stated, “…petitioners cannot be made to languish behind bars for a longer time and the veracity of allegations levelled against them can be tested during trial.”

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed bail to four North-east Delhi riots accused Liyakat Ali, Arshad Qayyum, Gulfam and Irshad Ahmad who were charged with allegedly robbing, burning vehicles at Bharat Vihar marriage hall where the marriage was to be organized the next day.

A single-judge bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait stated, “…petitioners cannot be made to languish behind bars for a longer time and the veracity of allegations levelled against them can be tested during trial.”

Separate bail applications have been filed by Liyakat Ali, Arshad Qayyum, Gulfam and Irshad Ahmad in cases pertaining to North-East Delhi riots, which took place in the last week of February, 2020 and spread over the entire North-East District of Delhi.

Advocate Dinesh Kumar Tiwari, appearing for Liyakat, submitted before the Court that he is an old man of 63 years of age and is the sole bread-earner of his family and he has been falsely implicated in this case. Whereas, for Arshad, Dinesh submitted that he is a young boy of 24 years and having responsibility of his aged parents and is the sole bread-earner of the family and he has also been falsely implicated in this case.

However, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appearing for the state submitted, “…the alleged incident had not taken place on the spur of the moment but it was a deep-rooted and pre-devised strategy by the main accused Tahir Hussain, who along with petitioners and other accused persons instigated the rioters.”

The bench while allowing the bail application noted, “…without commenting on the merits of the case, prima facie I am of the opinion that petitioners cannot be made to languish behind bars for a longer time and the veracity of allegations leveled against them can be tested during trial.”

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