Delhi Riots : Delhi Court Orders Immediate Release Of 3 Student Activists Held Under UAPA Act

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A Delhi court has ordered the immediate release of student activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha in the north-east Delhi riots ‘conspiracy’ case.

The order came two days after the Delhi High Court granted bail to Narwal, Kalita and Tanha, who were arrested in May last year under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The three student activists were not released from the jail on time citing lack of verification details of their addresses and sureties.

The trio is accused of being the ”masterminds” of the February 2020 violence, which had left 53 people dead and and more than 200 injured.

The high court was hearing urgent pleas by the three students seeking forthwith release from jail, saying even after 36 hours of passing of the bail orders the accused have not yet been released from jail.

The bench, which was informed that the trial court was scheduled to pass an order at 11 am, said it was not going to monitor the proceedings before the trial court and it can only that it has to deal with the matter with promptitude.

During the hearing, senior advocate Siddharth Aggarwal and lawyer Adit S Pujari, representing the three accused, said the police was delaying the verification process and it was a delaying tactics.

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