By Awstika Das / Live Law
The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the bail hearing of former JNU scholar and activist Umar Khalid in connection with the Delhi riots larger conspiracy case, until next week.
He has been behind bars since September 2020, awaiting his trial under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his alleged involvement in the larger conspiracy surrounding the communal violence that broke out in February 2020 in the national capital.
A bench of Justices Bela Trivedi and Dipankar Dutta was hearing Khalid’s special leave
petition challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to deny him bail last year.
Today’s hearing had to be adjourned since Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Khalid, was unavailable. Sibal was appearing before the constitution bench led by Chief Justice DY
Chandrachud hearing the pleas over the abrogation of Article 370 that stripped the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir of its special status. The bench, however, was reluctant to grant an adjournment for the fifth time since May. Expressing her disapproval over the request for adjournment on behalf of the petitioner, Justice Trivedi remarked, “Mr Sibal is known to be busy. We do not wait for any particular senior counsel.”
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