The Delhi court has extended by three days the judicial custody of former JNU student leader Umar Khalid and JNU student Sharjeel Imam who were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.
Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat extended their judicial custody till November 23 as sought by the public prosecutor.
During the hearing held through video conferencing, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, appearing for the police, said the mandatory time period of 90 days to complete the probe in the case will be completed on November 23 and the charge sheet has to be filed. Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam have been arrested in the case for allegedly being part of a premeditated conspiracy in the riots.
When the judge asked Mr. Prasad whether the police were going to file the charge sheet on Monday, he did not give any specific date and said he will let the court know on November 23. Advocate Trideep Pais, appearing for Umar Khalid, opposed the remand application saying it was “hollow” like the earlier applications.
The judge then asked Khalid if he was facing the problems now in Tihar prison, as mentioned earlier by him.
Umar Khalid replied, “Besides curbing my liberties and a malicious investigation, I am not facing any other issues.”
Omar Khalid had earlier alleged that he was not allowed to get out of his cell or meet anyone while in judicial custody. Imam’s lawyer Surabhi Dhar informed the court that some documents he had written while in custody in Assam when he was brought to Delhi and have not yet returned.
Sharjeel Imam also said that the documents were taken from him at the gate of Tihar Jail.
The court has placed the case for further hearing on 23 November. On 24 February, violence erupted between civil law advocates and protesters in northeast Delhi following communal clashes that killed at least 53 people and injured more than 200 people.