Court grants bail to Tahir Madani arrested in anti-CAA protest case

An Uttar Pradesh court Friday granted bail to Tahir Madani, an Islamic scholar and General Secretary of Rashtriya Ulama Council, in a case related to protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Azamgarh.

On 6 February 2020, police booked Tahir Madani and 134 anti-CAA protesters under various sections of IPC including the charge 124 A (Sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity), violating prohibitory orders, 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 186 (Obstructing public servant).

Tahir Madani was arrested by Azamgarh police while he was addressing the anti-CAA protesters in Azamgarh’s Bilariaganj area.

At around 4 am on 5 February, Azamgarh police came with orders to disperse the Bilariaganj anti-CAA protest. Protesters including mostly women and children had been injured in a brutal police attack. The policemen swooped on the protesting women with a lathi charge that has left several injured with broken bones and wounds. During the course of police action, Tahir Madni reached the protest site and he was arrested immediately.

Madani, a renowned Islamic scholar from Azamgarh, is the founding general secretary of Rashtriya Ulama Council (RUC), a political party formed in 2008. Madani served as the director of Madrasa Jamiatul Falah in Azamgarh, founded in 1962.

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