Nargis Saifi, Khalid Saifi’s wife demanding his partner’s immediate release. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

Jailed Muslim activist Khalid Saifi Wednesday asked the Delhi High Court: “In which reasonable world will this trial end in the foreseeable future with 15 accused?”

Khalid Saifi and dozens of Muslim men and women have been in jail under draconian UAPA in Delhi pogrom larger conspiracy case since 2020.

Saifi told the Delhi HC that the trial in a case against him was not likely to end soon.

Saifi’s lawyer senior advocate Rebecca John said that Section 43D(5) of the UAPA states that an accused person should not be granted bail if the court believes that a prima facie exists against the person. She, however, referred to a Supreme Court judgement from 2021 in which the bench had upheld the granting of bail under UAPA, noting that the accused person had already spent a significant amount of time in jail.

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