Delhi Riots: Delhi HC Grants Bail to Safoora Zargar on ‘Humanitarian Grounds’

By Sharvari Lohakare

On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court granted bail to Jamia Milia Islamia student Safoora Zargar considering the fact that she is 23 weeks pregnant. She was arrested under anti-terror law i.e. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967 in a case related to communal violence on northeast Delhi during the Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for Delhi Police and submitted that Zargar can be released on regular bail on humanitarian grounds and this decision has not been taken on the merits of the case and should not be a precedent. Mehta also insisted that she should remain in Delhi.  Justice Rajiv Shakhdher conducted the hearing via video conferencing. He released Zargar who is currently 23 week pregnant and furnished a personal bond of Rs. 10, 000 and on conditions-

  • She should not indulge in activities she is being investigated for.
  • She should refrain from hampering investigation.
  • She has to take the permission of the concerned court before leaving the territory of Delhi.
  • She has to get in touch with the Investigating Officer once in every 15 days through a phone call.

She was arrested under UAPA upon allegations that she devised the criminal conspiracy behind the riots which happened in northeast Delhi during February 23-25. The Delhi Police has filed a report in the court stating that Zargar is ‘disposed towards creating turmoil’, and that she was part of conspiracy to ‘destroy, destabilize and disintegrate the Government of India in order to compel to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the alleged National Register of Citizens (NRC).’

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