After a Delhi court ordered the jail authorities to release student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, and Asif Iqbal Tanha from Tihar jail, they were released late Thursday from Tihar Jail. Narwal and Kalita are those that were released, followed by Tanha a half-hour later.
Ravinder Bedi, Additional sessions judge at Karkardooma Court, said that the ruling was issued in the morning and that the court had forwarded the release orders to prison officials through the mail.
After the accused were granted bail by the Delhi High court on Wednesday, the court dismissed the Delhi Police’s application for three days to check their residences and guarantors, adding that prima facie the claimed charges were not clearly proven against individuals.
“We are compelled to remark, that it appears, in the State’s eagerness to repress protest, the boundary here between constitutionally granted right to protest and terrorist activities is becoming slightly distorted,” the HC said. It will be a terrible day for democracy if this thinking obtains momentum.