Former JNU student Umar Khalid gets bail in Northeast Delhi riots case

A Delhi court has granted Umar Khalid bail in one of the Northeast Delhi riots cases against him.

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File photo of Umar Khalid | Source: Facebook/@UmarKhalidJNU

A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to former JNU student leader Umar Khalid in connection with a Delhi riots case arising out of an FIR filed at the Khajuri Khas police station.

Umar Khalid is among hundreds of people booked in connection with the riots that ravaged Northeast Delhi last year in February. Apart from the case arising out of the Khajuri Khas FIR, he is also booked under sedition charges for allegedly being part of a "premeditated conspiracy" in the Delhi riots.

While granting bail to Umar Khalid, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav observed that "he cannot be made to stay in jail for infinity merely on account of the fact that other persons who were part of the riotous mob have to be identified and arrested".

"The investigation in the matter is complete and chargesheet has already been filed. The trial in the matter is likely to take long time. The applicant has been in judicial custody in the matter since October 1, 2020. The applicant cannot be made to incarcerate in jail for infinity merely on account of the fact that other persons who were part of the riotous mob have to be identified and arrested in the matter," the court ruled.

The bail has been granted on the condition that Umar Khalid will download Aarogya Setu app on his phone and will give his phone number to the SHO of Khajuri Khas police station. He has been directed to keep his phone on at all times.

He will also have to furnish a bond of Rs 20,000 for his bail and appear for all court hearings in the case.

The court has directed Umar Khalid to not tamper with any evidence linked to the case, nor influence any witnesses while being out on bail.

The FIR at the Khajuri Khas police station was registered over the violence that broke out on the main Karawal Nagar Road, near Chand Bagh Pulia on February 24, 2020.

The case concerns the rioting which took place at or around the house of then AAP councillor Tahir Hussain -a key accused in the case.