Delhi HC grants statutory bail to Sharjeel Imam in UAPA, sedition case

Sharjeel Imam (File photo)

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted statutory bail to Sharjeel Imam in an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and sedition case related to his alleged inflammatory speeches at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia area against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Despite this, Imam will remain in jail due to his involvement in the larger conspiracy case concerning the 2020 Delhi riots, which also involves UAPA charges.

The Division Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and Justice Manoj Jain allowed Imam’s bail plea, overturning the trial court’s decision that had denied him statutory bail.

Imam, represented by Advocates Talib Mustafa and Ahmad Ibrahim, argued for bail based on having served more than half of the maximum seven-year punishment.

Mustafa contended that Imam had already completed four years and seven months of incarceration out of the potential seven-year sentence.

However, Special Public Prosecutor Rajat Nair, representing the Delhi Police, opposed the plea, arguing that Imam had not met the requirement of serving half the sentence.

Nair pointed out that Imam’s case fell under the Explanation to Section 436A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), making him ineligible for statutory bail.

Nair also attributed the prolonged pre-trial detention to Imam, citing that the trial was stayed at Imam’s request in 2022.

Despite these objections, the court granted bail, noting various key dates, including the date of framing of charges and the examination of witnesses.

Sharjeel Imam was arrested in connection with his speeches that allegedly incited violence and unrest during the protests against the CAA.

Imam, accused in a case related to the alleged larger conspiracy behind the 2020 Delhi riots, had earlier urged the High Court to grant him bail. The trial court had previously denied bail to Imam in April 2022, following his arrest in August 2020 in connection with the case.

He has been in custody since January 2020, facing multiple FIRs related to the violence.



Mere pronouncement of ‘Talaq’ 3 times does not end Muslim marriage: J&K High Court

Srinagar: In a judgement of far-reaching consequences, Jammu & Kashmir High Court has ruled that a mere pronouncement of the word ‘Talaq’ three times by the husband is not enough...

SC order on CM Kejriwal’s bail, not a victory but a setback, says BJP

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took potshots at the "celebrations" in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) camp over interim bail granted to party convener Arvind Kejriwal by the Supreme...

SC grants interim bail to Kejriwal, asks him to take a call on stepping down from CM’s post

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to take a call on stepping down from his post. "We are conscious that Arvind Kejriwal is...

‘Move high court’, SC refuses to entertain PIL seeking probe into Hathras stampede

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking the immediate constitution of a five-member expert committee under the supervision of a retired apex court judge...

Woman’s live-in partner cannot be prosecuted for cruelty as husband, says Kerala HC

Kochi: In a significant ruling, the Kerala High Court stated that a woman's partner, who is not legally married, cannot be prosecuted under Section 498A of the IPC for the...

Divorced Muslim woman can seek maintenance from husband: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a divorced Muslim woman is eligible to maintain a petition under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) seeking...

SC adjourns hearing on ex-TN Minister Senthil Balaji’s bail plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred till July 12 hearing on the bail plea of DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Minister V. Senthil Balaji, who was arrested...

SC sets aside bail condition requiring accused to drop pin on Google Maps with IO

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a bail condition requiring an accused to drop a pin on Google Maps with the investigation officer of the case. A...

Liquor policy: Delhi HC issues notice on CM Kejriwal’s bail plea in CBI case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice to the CBI on a bail plea filed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the corruption case...

Majority would become minority if conversions continue: Allahabad HC

Prayagraj (UP): The Allahabad High Court has observed that if the current trend of conversions during religious congregations is permitted to continue, the country's majority population could eventually find itself...

‘Trial court didn’t apply its mind’: Delhi HC stays CM Kejriwal’s bail

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Tuesday, in its final verdict on the Enforcement Directorate's plea, stayed a trial court order granting bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Justice Sudhir...

SC disposes of Satyendar Jain’s plea against Delhi HC decision to list his default bail plea in July

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday disposed of a plea filed by former Delhi minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Satyendar Jain challenging the decision of the Delhi...

Read Previous

Rahul Gandhi calls for ‘aggressive’ approach to solving Punjab’s drug menace

Read Next

Two kids killed, one hurt as car in convoy of Brij Bhushan Singh’s son runs them over in UP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :