Umar Khalid. Photo: Umar Khalid Official/Facebook

By Sravasti Dasgupta

New Delhi: Student activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scholar Umar Khalid on Wednesday (February 14) withdrew his bail plea in the Supreme Court, in connection with the Delhi riots larger conspiracy case.

Through his lawyer Kapil Sibal, he submitted that “he will try his luck” at a lower court, citing a “change in circumstances”.

“Bail matter we wish to withdraw. There has been a change in circumstances, we will try our luck in the trial court,” Khalid’s lawyer Kapil Sibal was quoted as saying to the court by LiveLaw.

The apex court bench of Justices Bela Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal dismissed Khalid’s petition as withdrawn.

Without elaborating on the “change in circumstances”, Khalid’s father S.Q.R. Ilyas, while speaking to The Wire, cited the long adjournments in the bail plea.

“Since May 2023, there have been several adjournments. We were assessing that this is a lengthy procedure and the circumstances have changed. So, we decided to move the trial court again, and hope for an early judgment. So we will try our luck there now,” he said.

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