Delhi riots: Court extends judicial custody of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam


A Delhi court extended the judicial custody of former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam by three days in Delhi riots case.

Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam were arrested for allegedly being part of a premeditated conspiracy in the Delhi riots.

A Delhi court extended the judicial custody of former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam by three days who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a communal violence case in northeast which shook the capital in February. Both of them were arrested for allegedly being part of a premeditated conspiracy in the Delhi riots.

Communal clashes flared up in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence broke out between citizenship amendment law supporters and protesters. The clashes left at least 53 people dead and injured around 200 in the national capital.

Their judicial custody has been extended till November 23.

During the hearing held through video conferencing, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, appearing for the police, said the mandatory time period of 90 days to complete the probe in the case will be completed on November 23 and the charge sheet has to be filed, as reported by PTI.

However, Advocate Trideep Pais, appearing for Khalid, opposed the remand application saying it was “hollow” like the earlier applications.

The judge then asked Khalid if he was facing the problems now in Tihar prison, as mentioned earlier by him.

“Besides curbing my liberties and a malicious investigation, I am not facing any other issues,” PTI quoted Khalid.

Khalid had earlier alleged that he has not been allowed to step out of his cell or meet anyone while in judicial custody.

Imam’s counsel Surabhi Dhar informed the court that several documents which he had written while in custody in Assam were taken away from him when he was brought to Delhi. Those documents have not been returned yet, he claimed.

(With PTI inputs)



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