On Wednesday, Akash Narwal said that the Delhi Police delaying the release of his sister Natasha Narwal, and two other student activists, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha, after they were granted bail on 15 June by the Delhi High Court in connection with the conspiracy case of the Delhi riots, was “frustrating”, “weird” and “unfair.”
The day after they were granted bail by the Delhi High Court, the Delhi Police told Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Bedi of the Karkardooma district court that they needed more time to verify the outstation permanent addresses and sureties of the accused.
After spending the day in the Karkardooma district court, Narwal said, “I am worried. What is going on? It has been two days since she was granted bail. We have been waiting for a year now. Isn’t it enough? How long do we have to wait?”
“Why are they not releasing them? I don’t know what words to use. It is so frustrating, weird and unfair,” he said.
Why are they not releasing them? I don’t know what words to use. It is so frustrating, weird and unfair.
While granting bail to Asif Iqbal Tanha, Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita on 15 June, the Delhi High Court said that the Delhi Police had failed to make a prima facie case under the India’s anti-terrorism law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967, and they could not build a case with “superfluous verbiage, hyperbole and stretched inferences” or deny bail by “confusing issues.”
The Delhi Police has moved a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order, challenging its interpretation of the UAPA.
On Wednesday, Live Law reported that the Delhi Police had sought till 21 June to verify Tanha’s and Kalita’s permanent addresses in Jharkhand and Assam respectively. For Narwal, whose permanent address is in Rohtak, Haryana, Live Law reported, the Delhi Police had sought time 18 June.
An order by Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Bedi reads, “An application by IO is seeking some more time in conducting verification of the addresses of the accused persons and their sureties. Arguments heard at considerable length addressed by both sides.”
Noting that she could not pass an order because of the “heavy” load of bail applications, Judge Bedi put up the order for 11:00 am on Thursday.