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Delhi riots case: Police seeks time for debate on bail plea of ​​former councilor Ishrat Jahan

Advocate appearing for Ishrat Jahan objected to the adjournment request. (file)

New Delhi:

A court on Monday adjourned till August 20 the hearing on the bail application of former Congress councilor Ishrat Jahan in the Delhi riots conspiracy case, as the prosecutor sought more time and said he “cannot talk in the air”.

Ms Jahan, along with several others, has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in this case and has been accused of being the “mastermind” of the February 2020 violence in which 53 people were killed and more than 700 people were killed. Injured.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, who represents Delhi Police and was scheduled to argue the bail plea today, sought adjournment from Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat, saying he needed more time to prepare the case.

Advocate Pradeep Teotia, appearing for Ms Jahan, objected to the adjournment request and apprised ASJ Rawat that the matter was pending for the last six months.

“I can’t argue like you do. I need to be fully prepared. I can’t talk in the air,” the prosecutor told lawyer Tewatia. to each other.

Ms Jahan’s lawyer had completed her arguments on her bail plea on 23 July and the SPP was to argue in the court today. The matter will now come up for hearing on August 20 at 11 am.

Earlier, Ms Jahan, through her lawyer, said that the investigating agency did not have any evidence against her in the conspiracy case. She also asked whether “it is wrong to have political affiliations”.

Besides them, JNU students Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, former student leader Umar Khalid, Jamia Coordination Committee member Safoora Zargar, former AAP councilor Tahir Hussain and many others have also been charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

In June, the Delhi High Court, while granting bail to Tanha, Narwal and Kalita in the case, said the state had blurred the line between the right to protest and terrorist activity over concerns about stifling dissent.

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