[Delhi Riots] Umar Khalid likely to spread misinformation on social media, cause unrest: Delhi Police opposes interim bail plea

Delhi Police pointed out that Khalid's plea for regular bail was dismissed by the Special Court as well as the Delhi High Court.
Umar Khalid and Karkardooma Courts
Umar Khalid and Karkardooma Courts

The Delhi Police on Friday said that Umar Khalid would “spread misinformation” on social media and likely cause unrest in society if he is allowed to be released on interim bail for his sister’s wedding [Umar Khalid v. State].

The Police’s claim came in response to the plea filed by Khalid before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat for interim bail in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case against him. 

According to the reply, Delhi Police verified and confirmed the occasion of his sister's wedding from his parents and the manager of the wedding venue. However, it “strongly opposed” the release of Khalid, who was arrested on September 13, 2020, since he is facing “serious” charges including those for offences under the UAPA.

His regular bail application has been dismissed by this court and the appeal by the division bench of the High Court. Further, his parents are capable of making all necessary arrangements,” the Police said.

It was also apprehended that Khaild may influence witnesses in the case if released for two weeks.

Due to the unavailability of Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, the matter will likely come up for hearing next week.

On October 18 this year, the Delhi High Court had rejected Khalid’s bail plea, noting that the allegations against him were “prima facie true” and therefore the embargo of Section 43D(5) of the UAPA applied squarely for consideration of bail.

The Delhi Police had arrested Khalid in this case on September 13, 2020 and chargesheeted him on November 22 the same year under various sections of the UAPA and the Indian Penal Code. Khalid moved a bail plea in July 2021, and several hearings later, the trial court rejected his plea on March 24, 2022. He then approached the Delhi High Court in appeal.

Senior Advocate Trideep Pais and Sahil Ghai appeared for Khalid.

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