New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Thursday (June 17) ordered the release of Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, and Asif Iqbal Tanha who were granted bail on June 15 by the Delhi High Court in the north-east Delhi riots case, reported Live Law. The students had moved the court pointing out that they were not released from prison even after being granted bail by the High Court.
The court dismissed the appeal filed by the Delhi Police to verify the addresses of Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, and Asif Iqbal Tanha and their sureties before releasing them.
“I would say that this by itself cannot be a plausible reason for the accused to be kept imprisoned till the time such reports are filed,” said the court as quoted by Live Law.
The Delhi High Court on Thursday had asked the trial court to decide with “promptitude” and “expedition” the issue of release of students from jail.
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 tactic.
“The high court’s orders are not being implemented in a manner by not passing an order,” Aggarwal contended.
All three students were arrested in May under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in connection with the riots in north-east Delhi that happened in February.
The Delhi Police said that these students were part of a conspiracy in stoking violence.
However, the Delhi High Court granted bail to these students on June 15 citing lack of evidence.
Communal clashes had broken out in Delhi in February between the supporters and the opposers of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which left 53 people dead.
With inputs from PTI and Live Law