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Countering the bail application filed by 19-year-old student Amulya Leona, the Karnataka Police has 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 has stated that Amulya, who was charged with sedition for raising 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans at an event held in February, might repeat the same.
"The Petitioner being an influential person may threaten and influence the witnesses and hamper the case of the prosecution. The petitioner fleeing from justice is also not ruled out. In the facts and circumstances of the case, the Petitioner is not entitled for the relief of bail at the hands of this Hon’ble Court."
Karnataka Police statement of objections
It was further stated that if released on bail, she may participate and commit similar offences while opposing the CAA, NRC and NPR. The police has apprehended that the student may also make provocative speeches so as to endanger peace and tranquillity in the society.
The state police goes on to contend that since Amulya has strong connections to "several organizations", she may even attempt to threaten witnesses to not give evidence against her in the Court.
"She may also again raise slogans praising Pakistan, which is considered as not favoured nation by the Government of India. Because of the provocative statement and behaviour, the Petitioner may be instrumental in destruction of private and public prosperities. She also may influence the other absconding accused not to co-operate with the investigation. Since she is having strong links with the several organizations through which, she may threaten the witnesses not to give evidence against her in the Court."
The statement further avers that Amulya has previously made instigating speeches in Kolar, Udupi and Vijayapura as well so as to incite the communities which has the effect of disturbing the maintenance of communal harmony.
Moreover, the investigation of the organizers who conducted the meeting on February 20 at Freedom Park is yet to commence, the police claims. In view of the same, if the petitioner is released on bail, she may influence those organizers not to co-operate with the investigation.
On these grounds, among others, the Karnataka Police has urged the Court to reject Amulya's bail application.
In March, Amulya had moved a bail application before the Karnataka High Court after being charged with sedition for shouting the slogans.
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.
[Read the objections here]