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Umar Khalid, Former JNU Student, Denied Bail In 2020 Delhi Riots Case

Khalid and several others, have been booked under the anti-terror law UAPA in the case for being the "masterminds" of the February 2020 riots, which had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.

Umar Khalid, Former JNU Student, Denied Bail In 2020 Delhi Riots Case
The court had reserved the order on March 3 after hearing arguments from the counsel appearing for Khalid and the prosecution. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid was on Thursday denied bail by a Delhi court in a case of larger conspiracy in connection with riots in the national capital in February 2020. Khalid has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The court had on Wednesday deferred its order for Thursday on Khalid’s bail petition. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, who was scheduled to pronounce the order Wednesday, posted the matter for Thursday, saying it was not ready.

The court had reserved the order on March 3 after hearing arguments from the counsel appearing for Khalid and the prosecution.

During the argument, the accused had told the court that the prosecution lacked the evidence to prove its case against him.

Khalid and several others, have been booked under the anti-terror law UAPA in the case for being the “masterminds” of the February 2020 riots, which had left 53 people dead and over 700 injured.

The violence had erupted during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) and the National Register of Citizens.

Besides Khalid, activist Khalid Saifi, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, Jamia Coordination Committee members Safoora Zargar, former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain and several others have also been booked under the stringent law in the case.

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