Protesters have left footwear on the benches at Shaheen Bagh to mark Sunday's janata curfew | Photo: By special arrangement
Protesters have left footwear on the benches at Shaheen Bagh to mark the janata curfew | Photo: By special arrangement
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New Delhi: A Delhi court Sunday granted bail to three men arrested last week for allegedly violating the lockdown by refusing to leave the Shaheen Bagh protest site.

The protest site was cleared last Tuesday, two days after Section 144 (unlawful assembly) was imposed in the national capital to prevent people from gathering in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

While granting bail to the three accused, Judge Jitendra Pratap Singh of the Saket Court Complex imposed certain conditions on them.

The trio was asked to not post any opinion relating to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) or National Register of Citizens (NRC) on social media or on messenger services like WhatsApp. They were also barred from speaking to the media on these issues.

“The applicant shall not be posting any opinion regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act/National Population Register/National Register of Citizens on any social media, instant messengers nor will be giving any interview in this regard to print and electronic media,” stated the order.


Also read: Shaheen Bagh marks janata curfew by holding ‘symbolic protest’, petrol bomb hurled at it


Accused cited Covid-19 fear

Shan Mohammed, Syed Masood Ahmad and Syed Taseer Ahmed demanded bail, submitting that they had no criminal antecedents and that they were likely to contract Covid-19 if they were detained for long.

The Delhi government, meanwhile, had alleged that the accused had “disobeyed” the lockdown directions and had obstructed the police “from discharging their duties”. 

“[The Delhi government submitted] that if released on bail the accused may mobilise large crowd at the protest site and the same might pose problems of law and order,” the court order noted.

The judge, however, allowed the bail applications with sureties and a bond for Rs 25,000 each. 

‘Suitable conditions’ to avoid protests

The court noted that the accused have been charged with Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) of the Indian Penal Code as they refused to leave the Shaheen Bagh protest site.

It also took note of the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court orders for de-congestion of overcrowded prisons.

It then granted them bail, while imposing “suitable conditions”, which it believed would allay the government’s apprehension that they would mobilise crowd at the protest site, leading to a law and order situation.

The accused trio have been barred from visiting the Shaheen Bagh protest site as well as from participating in any meeting/gathering of more than 5 people during the lockdown. 

They have also been asked to mark their attendance at the Shaheen Bagh police station every Monday at 10 am during the period of investigation of the case.


Also read: Art installations at Shaheen Bagh, Jamia removed by Delhi Police, graffiti painted white


 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Muslim are mischievous cunning venemenous conspirators anti nation anti Hindu mudrers voilent all bad things in world are associated with Muslims and Islam They try to intimidate Govt first then to majority by resorting riot and now these pigs take part in spreading Virus so country get suffered.

  2. Granting bail fot wilful disobedience ?. I fail to understand why indian courts exercise leniency where such serious transgressions happen.

  3. Very unfortunate. Why the lower courts don’t know the seriousness of this case???????? The matter should be taken to High court or honorable Supreme court and their bail should be cancelled and put behind the bars.

  4. All are Indians. There should not be any prejudy. All actions should be impartial. Justice must be safeguarded. A “we feeling” to be promoted in our country. Rights of all citizen should be protected. All are equal in view of Law. We should fallow the steps of father of our NationMahathma Gandji ji.

  5. Dear Indian brother always think of India developments please avoid communel conversation think of self progress and family development remember politicians are always think of self progress by murderring innocent we elect politicians qualifying I A S or K A S or IPS. Then India will definitely progress instead we are electing illiterate criminals so these politicians are destroying our India developments for their self progress so I appeal my brother to maintain peace and harmony for self and India development

  6. Why grant bail to.protestors who violate shutdown rules? These people are definitely antinationals and very dangerous and VENOMOUS in nature? It is shameful courts grant bail on certain conditions? Why conditions? Justdeny bail and punish them severely so that no such situations arise in future? Why courts show leniency towards these traitors? It is shameful on the part of judges who grant such unwanted bails
    without thoughts?

  7. All minorities live in Peace except….why?They create problems, defy rules and create TERRORISTS activities. If NRC AND CAA IS NOT IMPLEMENTED INDIA WILL HAVE LOTS OF TERRORISTS GROUPS. INDIA WILL BECOME ANOTHER TERRORIST COUNTRY. INNOCENT SIKHS WERE KILLED IN JULY 2018 AGAIN RECENTLY IN AFGHANISTAN BY ISLAMIC TERRORISTS GROUPS. WHICH HATE OTHER RELIGIONS.THIS APPLIES TO ALL RADICALS.

  8. THE GOVT SHOULD SEIZE POWERS OF COURTS TO GRANT BAIL IN SUCH SERIOUS INCIDENTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. THE COURTS ARE ENCOURAGING MORE SUCH INCIDENTS BY GIVING BAIL. CJI SHOULD INTEVENE INTO THE MATTER AND ISSUE CLEAR DIRECTIVE TO JUNIOR COURTS NOT GRANT ANY BAIL IN WHICH NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT STAKE. SUPREME COURT HAS ALREADY SEEN AS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN COURT REPRESENTATIVES VISITED TO SHAHIN BAGH AND MUSLIMS OPENLY DEFIED SC. EVEN AFTER THIS INCIDENTS LOWER COURTS ARE GRANTING BAIL WHICH IS BEYOND IMAGINATION OF COMMON MAN.

  9. They should not have gotten bail, they calmly & coolly sat in rotation, the site was funded by religious leaders& opposition parties. They have held to ransom whole of Delhi. They were best inside bars.

  10. This should have been done well before. These unlawful gatherings in Delhi should have been ended by police with force. Do not know how many terrorists would have find a safe hide out in such protests.

  11. Courts should impose these bail conditions on all those who are posting Corona panic mongering posts on social media or conspiring to assemble people’s crowds such as messages like Buses are available to take the workers to their homes. Nobody should be spared if found in anti lockdown activities. Courts should make media houses responsible for panic mongering posts. Media houses should be allowed to get away under the pretext of “These are author’s personal views”..

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