By Sheryl Sebastian

The Supreme Court on Wednesday cited paucity of time to adjourn the hearing of the bail
application of former JNU scholar and activist Umar Khalid in connection with the Delhi riots
larger conspiracy case. He has been behind bars for over three years, 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 Datta was hearing Khalid’s special leave
petition challenging the decision of the Delhi High Court to deny him bail last year.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Khalid, said, “He is a young student, PhD holder,
three years behind the bars, it is going on.” “There’s no chance of framing charges yet, how long will you keep him there?” Sibal said. “This is not a matter that they should oppose like this,” he said. “He has never done any overt act, they have admitted to it. The only thing is there is some conspiracy they are talking about, conspiracy for what? None of the sections apply.” Sibal said.

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