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Delhi riots: Police to file charge sheet in UAPA case by Thursday, HC informed

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New Delhi, Sep 16: Delhi Police informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that it will file the charge sheet by tomorrow in a case under the stringent anti-terror law –- Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act -- related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.

Delhi riots: Police to file charge sheet in UAPA case by Thursday, HC informed

The police’s submission was made during the bail plea of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) student Asif Iqbal Tanha, arrested in the case. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said considering that the charge sheet will be filed in the case on or before September 17, the court does not consider it apposite to entertain the present petition.

The high court said that once the charge sheet is filed in the case, the accused can agitate the bail before the trial court, which had earlier dismissed the bail plea of Tanha.

The high court, however, directed the trial court that if a bail plea is filed, it should consider and dispose it of expeditiously, preferably within two weeks from the filing and it should consider the application afresh.

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    Tanha, a 24-year old student who was arrested on May 19 and in judicial custody since May 27, has challenged the trial court order dismissing his bail plea in the case. Additional Solicitor General S V Raju and advocate Rajat Nair, representing the police, said they have the instructions that the charge sheet will be filed in the case before a trial court on or before September 17.

    A trial court had on August 13 granted extension till September 17 to the police to complete investigation against the persons booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the case. While dismissing the bail plea, the trial court had said the statements of the protected witnesses in the case reflected the role of many accused persons including accused Tanha regarding the protest sites and how everything was being planned.

    Tanha’s lawyer had claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case and had argued that invocation of UAPA against him was bad in law as there was no unlawful association or terrorist organisation with which he was associated.

    Pinjra Tod members and JNU students Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal; JNU student Sharjeel Imam; Jamia Millia Islamia students Asif Iqbal Tanha and Gulfisha Khatoon; former Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan; Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, Meeran Haider; President of Jamia Alumni Association Shifa-Ur-Rehman; suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain; activist Khalid Saifi, and former student leader Umar Khalid have booked under the UAPA anti-terror law in the case.

    The communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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