New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday (June 18) said that the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) was an important issue with pan India ramifications while observing the Delhi High Court verdict to grant bail to JNU students Natasha Narwal Devangana Kalita and Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha in the north-east Delhi riots case. It added that the student activists will be released but it will re-examine the High Court’s order on the anti-terror law.
“What is troubling us is that 100 pages have been written by Delhi HC in bail order discussing the entire UAPA,” said SC.
It added that others could not use the Delhi HC judgement to get relief as precedent.
The Delhi Police had approached the apex court stating that the anti-terror law was ‘turned upside down’ in the HC’s judgement.
While granting the bail the High Court had also said that the state had blurred the line between dissent and terrorism which could set a dangerous precedent.
The high court, in three separate judgements, set aside the trial court’s orders denying bail to student activists and allowed their appeals by admitting them to regular bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each along with two sureties of the like amount.
(With inputs from PTI)