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Delhi HC adjourns Delhi riots accused Gulfisha Fatima plea seeking release from judicial custody

Gulfisha Fatima’s co-accused, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha were released from Tihar Jail on Thursday in compliance of bail order granted by The Delhi High Court on 15 June.

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The Delhi High Court on Friday adjourned hearing on a habeas corpus plea filed by Gulfisha Fatima, an accused for offences under UAPA, seeking release from judicial custody.

A division bench of Justices Naveen Chawla and Asha Menon adjourned Fatima’s habeas corpus plea to July 5 while saying that the court is burdened with a heavy load and does not have time to hear the said plea.

The matter will be heard by the roster bench after the vacation.

Fatima has been charged under various sections of UAPA for being involved in the riots that happened in the North East Delhi from 22.02.2020 to 26.02.2020. It is alleged that she was part of a larger conspiracy behind inciting the Northeast Delhi Riots that took place in February 2020.

Fatima’s co-accused, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal were released from Tihar Jail on Thursday in compliance of bail order granted by The Delhi High Court on 15 June.

They are accused of being the masterminds behind the conspiracy that led to the North-East Delhi violence in February 2020. The allegation against them is that they wanted to disturb the law and order of the National Capital as a reaction to the Citizenship Amendment Act enacted last year.

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On Friday, the Supreme Court has issued notice in an appeal filed by the Delhi Police challenging the said verdict of the High Court and said that the impugned judgment shall not be rely as a precedent by any of the parties before any court. “It is clarified that release of the respondents (Asif Iqbal Tanha, Devangana Kalita & Natasha Narwal) at this stage not interfered with,” it added.

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