Sharjeel Imam, who has been incarcerated since January 28, 2020 under the stringent UAPA and sedition charges, among others, in relation to his speeches against CAA and NRC, has petitioned a Delhi Court for statutory bail, citing that he has served half of the maximum seven-year sentence for his alleged offenses.

“…. as per the maximum punishment extending up to 7 years prescribed under Section 13 UAPA, the Applicant has completed one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for the concerned offence by law ….and hence, deserves the liberty of this Ld. Court by grant of statutory bail under section 436A of Cr.P.C,” read the bail plea of Sharjeel Imam.

Imam, a research scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi, was booked for sedition by Delhi Police’s Special Branch in 2020 for speeches at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). Later, Section 13 of the UAPA was invoked against him.

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