Former JNU student Umar Khalid (Photo:ANI)

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): The Delhi Police while opposing the bail plea of Umar Khalid before the Delhi High Court referred to speeches delivered by Sharjeel Imam at Asansol, Aligarh and Gaya against CAA-NRC.

The Delhi High Court is hearing the bail plea of Umar Khalid, an accused in a larger conspiracy case of North East Delhi Violence of 2020. The trial court had rejected the bail plea.

The division bench of justices Sidharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar heard the arguments advanced by Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Amit Prasad. The bench will hear further arguments on Tuesday.

SPP Amit Prasad summed up his arguments on the line that the message of the speeches of Sharjeel Imam was for the mobilisation of Muslims with themes like “Muslims are in danger”, Babri Masjid, Triple Talaq, suppression of Muslims, CAA-NRC and the Kashmir issue.

Amit Prasad referred to speeches given by Sharjeel Imam in Asansol Assam, Aligarh in UP and Chakand in Gaya. The speech read over in the court was called “inflammatory in nature” by the prosecution which accused Imam of instigating the Muslims.
In one of the speeches read over in the court, Imam had reportedly said, Muslims did not gain independence in 1947. He was allegedly instigating Muslims to take to the roads and do chakka jaam.

On the last date of hearing on August 1, the prosecution had said that the Northeast Delhi riots were the results of larger conspiracy and the idea was to create a sense of fear in the minds of Muslims and to paralyse the city.

It was to be done through mobilisation on the name of Babri Masjid, Triple Talaq, suppression of Muslims, CAA-NRC and the Kashmir issue, as argued by Amit Prasad.

The senior Counsel for Umar Khalid had submitted that there are overlapping of allegations, not the roles attributed to the accused persons.

He also said that there is no attribution that Umar Khalid was present at the site of the violence. There are only inferences against him.

“We understand what you are saying, but in conspiracy, presence is not required”, Justice Siddharth Mridul said.

At the outset of the arguments, Amit Prasad said the riots were in two phases. First one was connected with the violence of December 2029 and the second phase was of February 2020 riots.

He argued that the first phase was a failed attempt. Therefore, in the second phase, there planning of large-scale mobilisation through WhatsApp chats in the WhatsApp groups created by the accused persons after the cabinet nod over CAB in parliament on December 4, 2019.

Amit Prasad further argued that WhatsApp groups like UAH, DPSG, MSJ and others were created. The DPSG group was created by Rahul Roy. Umar Khalid and the other accused were part of the group.

Justice Siddharth Mridul had raised a query, is Rahul Roy has been made accused. SPP replied that many other accused have been made accused in the charge sheet.

The SPP argued that most of the accused persons were connected through WhatsApp groups which were being used for mobilisation and for calls of the protest and chakka jaam.

He argued that the mobilisation was based on 5 factors namely issue of Babri Masjid, the suppression of Muslims, the issue of Triple Talaq, the Kashmir issue and CAA-NRC.

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