New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted one-week interim bail to former JNU student Umar Khalid, arrested in a case related to the northeast Delhi riots, for his sister’s wedding.
Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat granted relief to Khalid from December 23 to 30. Khalid, a former student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), had moved an application seeking two weeks’ interim bail for his sister’s wedding, as reported by news agency PTI.
Khalid was arrested by Delhi Police in September 2020.
Media reports suggest that his lawyers had orally told the court that he will not talk to the media or meet the public if allowed to attend the wedding.
The police told the court that Umar Khalid is “very likely to spread misinformation by use of social media during his interim bail period which cannot be prevented and is likely to cause unrest in society and he may also influence witnesses,” as reported by Indian Express.
Khalid was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and provisions of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly being a mastermind of the February 2020 riots, which had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.
The violence had erupted during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens.