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Karnataka HC allows sedition accused Amulya Leona to withdraw bail application

It was clarified that the petitioner had the liberty to approach the High Court after exhausting the remedy before the Sessions Court.

Rintu Mariam Biju

Amulya Leona Noronha, the 19-year-old student charged with sedition for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans at a protest event, has withdrawn her bail application filed before the Karnataka High Court.

The application for withdrawal was made before the Single Judge Bench of Justice K Natarajan. In this view, the Court permitted Amulya to withdraw the bail application, and accordingly, disposed of the criminal petition.

However, while doing so, the Court clarified that the petitioner had the liberty to approach the High Court after exhausting the remedy before the Sessions Court. In this regard, the order reads,

"Accordingly, the Criminal Petition is dismissed as withdrawn with a liberty to approach this Court after exhausting the remedy before the Sessions Court."

Last week, countering the bail application filed by Amulya, the Karnataka Police had submitted before the High Court that she is an influential person who may threaten and influence witnesses if released on bail.

In its statement of objections filed before the High Court, the state police had stated that Amulya, who was charged with sedition for raising 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans at an event held in February, might repeat the same, if granted bail.

In March, Amulya had moved a bail application before the Karnataka High Court after being charged with sedition.

Advocate BT Venkatesh appeared for Leona in the matter.

Amulya was arrested on February 20, under Sections 124-A, 153 (A), 153-B, 505 (2) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). After being in police custody for five days, she was subsequently sent to judicial custody and has been in prison since then.

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