NEW DELHI: Bail petitions of Sharjeel Imam, United Against Hate founder Khalid Saifi and several others in a UAPA case linked to the alleged larger conspiracy behind the 2020 communal riots will be heard afresh in January next year.

A bench headed by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait was informed by the counsel for the accused as well as Delhi Police that the matters will have to be heard again due to a change of the bench that was previously hearing them. It was headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul who was elevated as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court.

The bail petitions were listed for hearing separately on different dates, starting January 15. The prosecution submitted all cases dealing with the conspiracy behind the riots and different roles have been attributed to different accused.

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