Delhi Police opposes bail of Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal before Delhi High Court

Delhi Police today opposed grant of bail to Pinjra Tod members, Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal in the Delhi riots case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) by the Delhi High Court.

The Court was hearing Devangana Kalita vs State and Natasha Narwal vs State.

The State was represented by Special Public Prosecutor Amit Mahajan. He argued before the Court Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal were aware of the conspiracy that the anti-Citizenship Act protests particularly Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam were not intended to be peaceful and therefore, cannot claim to be mute protestors.

In January, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, Karkardooma Court had refused to grant bail to Kalita and Narwal after opining that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the accusation against them were prima face true.This time the division bench hearing the plea seeking bail consisted of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup J Bhambhani.

Amit Mahajan further stated that the whatsapp chat, whatsapp call records show that they knew about planning Chakka jaam in advance. He also said that it is not necessary to show that Kalita and Narwal took part in all “steps of the conspiracy”.

In this case also, another question arised to which Delhi Court said that intentionally blocking roads which resulted in disruption of essential services or attack on police personnel that ultimately culminated in riots fell within the scope of “terrorist act” under UAPA.

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