A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to activist Sharjeel Imam in a case in which he has been accused of giving a provocative speech that led to violence in the national capital in 2019, Live Law reported.
Despite getting bail, Imam will remain in custody as other cases are pending against him.
Imam was booked on sedition charges after the police accused him of making inflammatory statements during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens exercise. He was arrested from Bihar on January 28, 2020.
He has also been booked in connection with an alleged “conspiracy” related to planning the communal riots that erupted in Delhi in February 2020.
The trial court in October had observed that the evidence against Iman was not enough to prove that his speech incited riots. The court had also said that the prosecution’s case has gaps that could not be filled through conjectures.
However, his bail plea was dismissed noting that further examination was needed to ascertain if the speech amounted to sedition under Indian Penal Code Section 124A.
The former Jawaharlal Nehru University student had sought interim bail after the Supreme Court had put the sedition law in abeyance. He had contended that the case against him had been significantly diluted on account of…