New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has granted bail to student activist Safoora Zargar on Tuesday. She was arrested on 10 April 2020 and had been charged under UAPA for her alleged connection with the Northeast Delhi riots case. Delhi high court passed the order granting her bail after the Delhi Police did not oppose the bail on humanitarian grounds as the accused, Safoora Zargar is currently pregnant. Delhi police though had earlier opposed her bail stating that Zargar’s pregnancy should not be used as a compassionate ground which may dilute the seriousness of the offense alleged against her.
Tuesday, in the absence of resistance from the Delhi Police, Justice Rajiv Shakdhar granted her a regular bail where she has to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and cannot get involved in “activities she is being investigated for”. In his decision, the justice has also added that she is “refrained from hampering investigation”, and also cannot leave Delhi without the permission of the trial court. The court has further clarified that the bail order cannot be cited as a precedent either in this case or in any other case.
It should be noted that a team of special counsel led by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and advocates Amit Mahajan and Rajat Nair appeared on behalf of the Delhi Police. The team kept their statement which said that without going into the merits of the plea and without considering this as a precedent, “The state has no problem with Safoora being released on bail, provided she doesn’t indulge in activities for which she is under probe.” While the Delhi Police has reversed its stand on humanitarian grounds but through an affidavit, signed by P.S. Khushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, it has also stated that Zargar should have kept a check on her activities during her pregnancy. This clearly states that the Delhi police are rigorously investigating the case and stand with the fact that she was involved in the riot case. Safoora Zargar was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for her alleged involvement in the Northeast Delhi riots that broke out in February this year. It should be noted that she is an M.Phil Student from Jamia Millia Islamia and the co-founder of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC). And the Delhi police have reported that the JCC is one of the primary groups which are actively involved in organizing protests which led to the communal violence in the Northeast Delhi area.