The order which led to the release of the activist on bail is not a precedent, warned the apex court while hearing the appeal. But it shall set the stage for a lively debate to define the limits of protest in UAPA cases, investigated by the NIA.
The bench further Said that the impugned judgment of the DelhiHC shall not be rely as a precedent by any of the parties before any court. “It is clarified that release of the respondents at this stage not interfered with,” it added.
A Karkardooma court ordered the immediate release of Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha, who are accused of a larger conspiracy behind the Northeast Delhi riots… Court showed strictness against police…asked, despite custody for a year, why did not verify the address immediately.
The Delhi Police had filed chargesheet against them alleging that the Anti-CAA protests organized by them from December 2019 were part of a larger conspiracy behind the North East Delh riots which took place in the last week of February 2020 when the US President Donald Trump was on India visit.
The appeal has been filed challenging the order of the Delhi HC allowing bail to 2019 Delhi riots accused in appeal filed under section 21(5) of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 r/w section 43(D)(5) of the UAPA.
Delhi High Court grants bail to Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha in Delhi riots case … said the case has no merit … Court has said that demonstration against the government is not terrorism … democracy by suppression of protest will be in danger
The Delhi High Court earlier reserved orders in Jamia Millia Islamia student, Asif Iqbal Tanha's appeal against the rejection of his bail in connection with a case related to larger conspiracy in Delhi Riots that broke out last year.
The 25-year-old was arrested on May 17 by the crime branch of Delhi Police in the Jamia rioting case. During the anti-CAA (Citizen Amendment Act) protests, violence broke out in New Friends Colony on December 15, 2019.
The Single-Judge Bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Tewari, after hearing the submission from the respective parties on Friday, disposed of the plea with liberty to the woman to make an application for a grant of fresh license for a petty diesel retail outlet.
In such circumstances, the bench failed to appreciate as to how the plan/map submitted by the petitioners for reconstruction/carrying out major repair work of the building for commercial purpose could have been rejected.