India’s Supreme Court today confirmed the bail granted to student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha by the Delhi High Court in the northeast Delhi violence case. However, the superior court said that the verdict of the Superior Court cannot be used as a precedent for future cases. The high court noted that reading the anti-terrorism law may have ramifications across India. The CS also solicited responses from three student activists facing charges in the case of riots in northeast Delhi.
A holiday bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian took note of Attorney General Tushar Mehta’s presentation that the entire UAPA Law is overturned along with the Constitution by the Delhi High Court verdict. “In a bail application, a 100-page sentence that discusses all the laws is very surprising,” Bar and Bench reported, citing the superior court.
The Delhi Police presented to the higher court that the HC wanted to establish in some way that the present case was a case of student protest and repression of dissent by the government. The police also alleged that the High Court did not consider the evidence and statements presented before it and reached the sentence without taking into account the sinister mass disturbance plot that the defendants were plotting.
Narwal, Kalita and Tanha were arrested in May 2020 and released on bail by the Delhi HC on June 15. The HC Delhi had noted that, eager to suppress dissent, the state has blurred the line between the right to protest and terrorist activity. The higher court, in three separate rulings, struck down the lower court orders denying bail to the student activists and allowed their appeals admitting them to regular bail by providing a personal bail of Rs 50,000 each along with two bail bonds from the student body. same amount.