The President of Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia , Shifa-ur-Rehman told Delhi High court that protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) is not a crime while seeking bail on Tuesday.
Shifa-Ur-Rehman is an accused in an Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and other offences, case connected to Delhi riots that happened last year.
Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat was hearing the bail plea of Rehman which alleges a larger conspiracy in the Delhi Riots of 2020.
Advocate Abhishek Singh (Rehman’s counsel) argued that “Question is, is it a crime if a group of people perceived that a policy is against them and protest against it. Protesting is not a crime. They can certainly protest.”
Advocate Singh pointed out that as a member of AAJMI, Rehman had made an appeal for peaceful protests. Rehman was also a member of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC).
The counsel said that there was a difference between a protester and a rioter and Rehman was a protester and not a rioter. He has right to protest as it is a fundamental right.
Advocate Singh also submitted that there had been a systematic violation of the fundamental rights of Rehman.
The Court will continue to hear the arguments on September 8.