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Delhi Court Denies Bail to Umar Khalid in Delhi Riots Conspiracy Case

A Delhi court has denied the bail plea of former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid in connection with the Delhi riots conspiracy case.

The decision was made by Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Bajpai of the Karkardooma Courts, who dismissed Khalid’s plea. A detailed order is awaited.

Withdrawal of Supreme Court Plea

Umar Khalid had previously approached the trial court after withdrawing his bail plea from the Supreme Court on February 14, 2024, citing a change in circumstances. During the scheduled hearing before a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Khalid, announced the withdrawal of the plea to seek appropriate relief from the trial court instead.

Arrest and Charges

Umar Khalid was arrested in September 2020 and has been charged with multiple offences, including criminal conspiracy, rioting, and unlawful assembly, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He has remained in jail since his arrest.

Previous Bail Denials

The trial court initially denied Umar Khalid’s bail in March 2022. Following this, he approached the High Court, which also denied him bail in October 2022. This led him to file an appeal with the Supreme Court. In May 2023, the Supreme Court sought a response from the Delhi Police regarding Khalid’s plea, but the matter was adjourned 14 times before his counsel decided to withdraw it.

The rejection of Umar Khalid’s bail plea continues his prolonged legal battle as he remains incarcerated under serious charges related to the Delhi riots conspiracy.

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