Allahabad HC grants bail, In a case involving allegedly provocative remarks against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Aligarh Muslim University in 2019, the Allahabad High Court granted Sharjeel Imam bail on Saturday.
The bail was granted by the Allahabad High Court’s JusticeSaumitra Dayal Singh.
Imam’s bail has yet to receive a specific order.
Who is Sharjeel Imam?
Sharjeel Imam, a former JNU student who was a main organiser of the Shaheen Bagh protest, was detained in Bihar’s Jehanabad last year.
Imam allegedly told protestors to sever off their ties with India during his address.
FIRs had also been filed against the JNU academic in Manipur, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh. In the Assam and Arunachal Pradesh cases, however, the activist received bail.
The Allahabad High Court today granted Sharjeel Imam bail in a sedition charge filed against him for a statement. He gave on the campus of Aligarh Muslim University on January 16; 2020, during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
In December 2019, Sharjeel Imam was also charged with delivering inflammatory statements; that resulted in rioting outside Jamia Milia Islamia University. In April, the Delhi Police accused Sharjeel Imam with sedition, stating that his speech stoked racial tensions; in the Jamia Millia Islamia University neighbourhood, resulting in violence.
The crimes he’s charged with
In January 2020, he was charged under IPC sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 A (promoting or attempting to promote disharmony or feelings of enmity on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever), 153B (making statements provoking breach of peace), and 505(2) (statements made with the false intent to create disharmony).
Several human rights organisations have pointed out that the Delhi Police’s cases relating to the communal violence in February 2020 targeted anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protestors who had been demonstrating peacefully for months, but not right-wing leaders and activists who made openly provocative and threatening speeches at the time.