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Delhi riots: Granting activist Gulfisha Fatima bail, court says she’s not flight risk

Gulfisha Fatima, however, will remain at Tihar jail, as she is in judicial custody in a UAPA case.

Written by Anand Mohan J | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2020 9:30:05 pm
delhi riots, delhi riots cases, Gulfisha Fatima, Gulfisha Fatima bail, jamia student delhi riots, delhi news, indian express, umar khalid, Devangana Kalita, Natasha NarwalGulfisha is alleged to have participated in and instigated the unlawful assembly which committed riots, in which a man died. (Express Archive)

A Delhi court Saturday granted bail to student activist Gulfisha Fatima, arrested in a northeast Delhi riots case in which an 18-year-old man had died.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat granted bail to Gulfisha on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 30,000 with one surety of the like amount.

The court observed that there was nothing to suggest that witnesses in the case were under threat, or that she was a flight risk. However, she will remain at Tihar jail, where she is currently lodged, as she is in judicial custody in a UAPA case being investigated by Special Cell.

Gulfisha has been in custody in this case from June 3. She is alleged to have participated in and instigated the unlawful assembly which committed riots in which a man identified as Amaan died.

“There is nothing to suggest that the witnesses are under threat from the concerned applicant. In any case, two public witnesses are protected and their identity has been concealed. The rest are police personnel,” the court said.

When the police argued that Gulfisha was also under investigation for the larger conspiracy in the UAPA case, the court said, “We will cross the bridge when we come to it.”

“The present stage is of bail and not acquittal or conviction. Nothing is shown to suggest that the applicant is a flight risk,” the court said.

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The court also considered the period of the custody of the applicant and the ground of parity, as co-­accused Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal have been granted bail.

When the police argued that a co­-accused, Tafsil, has been declared a Proclaimed Offender, the court said, “The present applicant can’t be refused bail for the act and conduct of Tafsil, who will face consequences under the law.”

Gulfisha’s lawyer, Mehmood Pracha, had told the court she “has been falsely and maliciously implicated in the present case without any evidence”.

“No role has been attributed to the applicant except vague and unsubstantiated allegations which have no nexus with the alleged crime,” Pracha argued.

Rajeev Krishan Sharma, the special public prosecutor appearing on behalf of the state, told the court that Gulfisha was seen in video clips “controlling, instigating and provoking local rioters as well as managing non-­resident rioters.”

“They used code words with their group members to convey secret messages regarding further line of their protest/riot in front of common people. They also gave hate speeches at Jafrabad Metro Station and continuously stayed there till last,” Sharma told the court.

SC judge inaugurates ‘North East Delhi Riots Claims Commission’

Supreme Court Judge Justice Surya Kant on Saturday inaugurated the North East Delhi Riots Claims Commission (NEDRCC), for providing compensation to victims of the communal violence that took place in February.

“Justice to the riot victim is the need of the hour. Riot victims must be compensated with promptitude. To achieve this objective, I wish this commission (NEDRCC) all the very best,” Justice Kant said in a statement. PTI

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